Human Origins

Human Origins

The evolutionary line from apes to humans is not a straight one. Our ancestral tree is complicated, full off offshoots and deviations. Join Biological Anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Marina Elliott as she squeezes through tiny passageways deep below the surface of South Africa in search of one of mankind’s closest relatives.


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Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology, Geography, Human Geography, Social Studies, Ancient Civilizations

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January 8, 2024

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