Who was the first human? Identifying them is tricky, but it was not our species, Homo sapiens

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Who was the first human? Identifying them is tricky, but it was not our species, Homo sapiens

Where did we come from?

There’s something about human evolution that’s inherently intriguing; it stirs an innate curiosity about what came before (and lived and died and bred with) our species, Homo sapiens.

But where in our ancestry does the “human” part of “human evolution” begin?

In other words, how far back in time must we go for our ancestors to not be human and be, instead, an ape walking on two legs? What’s needed to qualify as “human”?

Getting to the bottom of this is more complicated than it appears, says Tanya Smith, a human evolutionary biologist at Griffith University.

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