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From the Ted Talk by Elaine Morgan: I believe we evolved from aquatic apes

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But then, in the '90s, something began to _______. The paleontologists themselves looked a bit more _______ at the ____________ microfauna that lived in the same time and _____ as the hominids. And they weren't savanna species. And they ______ at the herbivores. And they weren't savanna herbivores. And then they were so clever, they found a way to analyze fossilized pollen. Shock, horror. The fossilized pollen was not of savanna vegetation. Some of it even came from lianas, those things that dangle in the middle of the jungle.

Solution

  1. looked
  2. closely
  3. place
  4. accompanying
  5. unravel

Original Text

But then, in the '90s, something began to unravel. The paleontologists themselves looked a bit more closely at the accompanying microfauna that lived in the same time and place as the hominids. And they weren't savanna species. And they looked at the herbivores. And they weren't savanna herbivores. And then they were so clever, they found a way to analyze fossilized pollen. Shock, horror. The fossilized pollen was not of savanna vegetation. Some of it even came from lianas, those things that dangle in the middle of the jungle.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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aquatic theory 5
lunatic fringe 3
charles darwin 2
fossilized pollen 2
professor tobias 2
conscious control 2
barge pole 2

Important Words

  1. accompanying
  2. analyze
  3. began
  4. bit
  5. clever
  6. closely
  7. dangle
  8. fossilized
  9. herbivores
  10. hominids
  11. horror
  12. jungle
  13. lianas
  14. lived
  15. looked
  16. microfauna
  17. middle
  18. paleontologists
  19. place
  20. pollen
  21. savanna
  22. shock
  23. species
  24. time
  25. unravel
  26. vegetation