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The changing story of human evolution

Our podcast on science and technology. This week, we trace the evolutionary journey that created Homo sapiens, and explore how new technology is revealing the complexity of our origins

THE EVOLUTIONARY journey that created modern humans was once thought to be relatively linear. But new technology is revealing a far more complex picture. The Economist’s Dylan Barry travels to South Africa to trace the story of our evolution, and explains how interbreeding with other species provided the genes possessed by many people today. To uncover our origins, scientists are nowadays not only hunting for clues in the bones of our ancestors—but in the genomes of living people, too. We speak to the researchers who are helping to rewrite the human story. Alok Jha hosts. Runtime: 40 min

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