No, YOUR grandfather was a fish.
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If you traced your family tree back 185 million generations, you wouldn’t be looking at a human, a primate, or even a mammal. You’d be looking at a fish. So where along that line does the first human show up? The answer may surprise you.
Inspired by Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality” http://amzn.to/1eFPE0v
Also check out Richard Dawkins’ “The Ancestor’s Tale” http://amzn.to/1fbf17e
Images of prehistoric species used in this episode:
Tiktaalik, Procunsul, Plesiadapsis, Juramaia, Hylonomus – by Nobu Tamura (http://spinops.blogspot.com/)
Homo erectus (by Tim Evanson) http://bit.ly/1uwI5zu
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