Things About Humans We've Learned From Studying Primates

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Things About Humans We've Learned From Studying Primates

Humans have always been fascinated by... well, humans. We want to know who we are—and that means finding out who we were in the past. To do that, we look to our closest living relatives: nonhuman primates. We share around 96% of our DNA with chimpanzees, genetically the closest of the great apes to humans, and we have a lot in common with them.

But what is it that separates us from the great apes? How do we differ from chimpanzees, and why is it us—rather than gorillas or orangutans—driving hybrid vehicles around and living in fancy apartments? Primatology—the study of primates —has spent centuries slowly piecing together behavioral, genetic and medical research about these close relatives of Homo sapiens, and what it has learnt has told us just us much about us as it has about the primates that so easily could have been us.

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Hank brings you the facts, as they are understood by scientists today, about the evolution of humans from our humble primate ancestors. On the way to becoming Homo sapiens, game-changing evolutionary breakthroughs led to the development of many hominin species, now all extinct. Hank will introduce us to these species & the breakthroughs responsible for their development, and help us understand the awesome ways in which they led to us. Like SciShow on Facebook! Follow SciShow on Twitter! References and image licenses for this episode can be found in the Google document here:

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