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One incredible ocean crossing may have made human evolution possible

By Nicholas R. Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology and Paleontology, University of Bath
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Humans evolved in Africa, along with chimpanzees, gorillas and monkeys. But primates themselves appear to have evolved elsewhere – likely in Asia – before colonising Africa. At the time, around 50 million years ago, Africa was an island isolated from the rest of the world by ocean – so how did primates get there?

A land bridge is the obvious explanation, but the geological evidence


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