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Exchange Exemplar: What Gene Research Reveals About The Human Family Tree

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High school students in Binghamton, New York work with replica hominid skulls

Our ancestors didn't write a lot of stuff down. True, language wasn't invented yet, so we give them a bit of a break.

Science gave modern people a break with the ability to sequence the human genome. That turned up a lot more information about the human family tree (or bush, really).

Adam Rutherford, both a geneticist and a science journalist, celebrates the recent discoveries in his book A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes.

We move quickly through human history in this chat from 2017.

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