Your Inner Monkey - Our primate progenitors had bodies a lot like those of modern monkeys and spent tens of millions of years living in trees. From them we inherited our versatile hands, amazing vision and capable brains — but also some less beneficial traits, including our bad backs and terrible sense of smell.
Find out which beneficial traits our primate progenitors bequeathed us.
Learn which parts of our bodies we’ve inherited from our reptilian ancestors.
See how the genetic legacy of a fish can be seen today in our own DNA.
About Your Inner Fish
How did your body become the complicated, quirky, amazing machine it is today? Anatomist Neil Shubin uncovers the answers in this new look at human evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how our bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates - the ancestors you never knew - are in your family tree.
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