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The evolution scholar talks about a landmark new study challenging the classic view of human ancestry

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No. This research shows we evolved in the same way other mammals did—in an experimental, unpredictable, quirky way, with side branches that die out after a long time, and then something else comes along. That differs from the human-centric way of thinking in the classic cartoon of a chimpanzee evolving into a person, as if there was a directing hand steering chimpanzee-looking creatures to modern humans.

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