Vox posted an interesting video demonstrating evidence from the fossil record, comparative anatomy, and genetics that tells a fascinating story about human evolution.
A Gallup poll shows that about 42% of people in the U.S. still believe in the creationist idea that modern humans have been in their present form for about 10,000 years. Yes, really…42%.
But according to this fascinating presentation from Vox’s senior editorial producer Joss Fong, it is, of course, a much longer, complicated story. Genetics determine that you’ll most likely have your mom’s nose or your dad’s smile — and the ear muscles of a Triassic mammal.
Vestigial structures are evolution’s leftovers — body parts that, through inheritance, have outlived the context in which they arose. Some of the most delightful reminders of the common ancestry we share with other animals, they show that the building blocks of the human body predate our species by hundreds of millions of years.