Anthropology: Searching for the Common Link

Anthropologists agree that the family of man and the family of apes sprang from a common ancestor. But they have never been able to agree on the time at which man and apes began to take separate paths. As recently as World War II, it was believed that manlike creatures began to evolve five or six million years ago. In the years after the war, the discovery and dating of skeletal remains pushed the existence of man's direct ancestors back to 10 million and then to 14 million years. Now famed Kenya-born Anthropologist...

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