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The Incredible Odyssey of Mankind: Ape to Human in a Million Years (Video)


In this fascinating video, the evolution from ape to man is traced, beginning with the Proconsul, a fruit-eating creature that lived in African trees about 20 million years ago. As the African jungle became sparse due to climate changes, these tree-dwelling creatures were forced to leave their arboreal homes and adapt to life on the ground. The descendants of Proconsul, Ardipithecus, began walking on their rear limbs, taking their first steps towards becoming bipedal. As the climate continued to change and Africa transformed into a savanna, new creatures such as gracile australopiths emerged, walking on two legs in a manner similar to modern humans. The evolution of these beings continued, with the emergence of the first humans, Homo habilis, who were the first to create stone tools, marking a significant milestone in human history.

The journey of human evolution continued with the appearance of Homo ergaster, who became skilled hunters with their spears and stone tools. Their intelligence allowed them to dominate the African savanna, and eventually, they began to spread beyond the continent, conquering the vast expanses of the planet. Throughout their evolution, humans have faced numerous challenges, and it was these hardships that fostered the development of reason. The Homo heidelbergensis, the first prehistoric humans with brain sizes similar to ours, built shelters, buried their dead, and created the first objects of art. The video concludes by emphasizing that reason has made humans responsible for their own future, and now, everything depends on us.

Top image: Human evolution. Source: pict rider / Adobe Stock.

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Joanna Gillan is a Co-Owner, Editor and Writer of Ancient Origins. 

Joanna completed a Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree in Australia and published research in the field of Educational Psychology. She has a rich and varied career, ranging from teaching... Read More

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