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"From the Ted Talk by Spencer Wells: A family tree for humanity"

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So we're done, we can go home — finished the origin question. Well, not quite. Because Darwin was talking about our distant ancestry, our coommn aencsrty with apes. And it is quite clear that apes originated on the African continent. Around 23 million years ago, they appear in the fossil record. Africa was actually disconnected from the other landmasses at that time, due to the vagaries of plate tectonics, floating around the iidann oaecn. buepmd into Eurasia around 16 million years ago, and then we had the first aifrcan exodus, as we call it. The apes that left at that time ended up in Southeast Asia, became the gibbons and the orangutans. And the ones that stayed on in Africa evleovd into the gorillas, the cmzienehpas and us. So, yes, if you're tnailkg about our common ancestry with apes, it's very clear, by looking at the fossil record, we started off here.

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So we're done, we can go home — finished the origin question. Well, not quite. Because Darwin was talking about our distant ancestry, our ______ ________ with apes. And it is quite clear that apes originated on the African continent. Around 23 million years ago, they appear in the fossil record. Africa was actually disconnected from the other landmasses at that time, due to the vagaries of plate tectonics, floating around the ______ _____. ______ into Eurasia around 16 million years ago, and then we had the first _______ exodus, as we call it. The apes that left at that time ended up in Southeast Asia, became the gibbons and the orangutans. And the ones that stayed on in Africa _______ into the gorillas, the ___________ and us. So, yes, if you're _______ about our common ancestry with apes, it's very clear, by looking at the fossil record, we started off here.

Solution

  1. bumped
  2. indian
  3. ocean
  4. talking
  5. ancestry
  6. chimpanzees
  7. common
  8. evolved
  9. african

Original Text

So we're done, we can go home — finished the origin question. Well, not quite. Because Darwin was talking about our distant ancestry, our common ancestry with apes. And it is quite clear that apes originated on the African continent. Around 23 million years ago, they appear in the fossil record. Africa was actually disconnected from the other landmasses at that time, due to the vagaries of plate tectonics, floating around the Indian Ocean. Bumped into Eurasia around 16 million years ago, and then we had the first African exodus, as we call it. The apes that left at that time ended up in Southeast Asia, became the gibbons and the orangutans. And the ones that stayed on in Africa evolved into the gorillas, the chimpanzees and us. So, yes, if you're talking about our common ancestry with apes, it's very clear, by looking at the fossil record, we started off here.

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