When asked which species was our immediate ancestor, the species who gave rise to Homo sapiens? Was it Homo neanderthalensis, H. habilis, H. erectus etc? Few people, outside of the archaeological/ paleoanthropological community, know the answer. Why not, is it that we are not interested, or that we still do not like the idea that we have descended from some more primitive group? This course looks at the history of discovery of our human ancestry from pre-Darwinian times up to the present revolution in understanding brought about by the discovery of ancient DNA and its recovery from the remains of some of our most recent ancestors.
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