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Amazing Places, Amazing Fossils: Lucy

Don Johanson recounts the discovery of an iconic human ancestor in Ethiopia.

Meet Your Cousins: Squirrel Monkeys

Our relationship to living primates can be seen in their anatomy and genes.

Your Aching Back: A Gift from Your Ancient Ancestors

As Bruce Latimer explains, our evolutionary history has some consequences for our back.

How Do We Know When Our Ancestors Lost Their Tails?

Paleontologist Holly Dunsworth shows us fossil evidence for the disappearance of our tail.

The 500-Million-Year History of the Human Brain

Biologist Peter Holland shows us how much we have in common with a wormy little animal.

The Human Hand: A Gift from Ancient Primates

Meet an ancient primate with a hand eerily similar to your own.

Ancient Human Ancestors: Walking in the Woods

"Ardi" changed our understanding of how our ancestors first started walking on two legs.

Your Aching Back: A Gift from Your Ancient Ancestors

As Bruce Latimer explains, our evolutionary history has some consequences for our back.

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