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Could humans evolve again from apes if we went extinct?

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Would evolution follow the same set path, or is it all a matter of time and place?

Asked by: Clare Ellis, Lancaster

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Contrary to widespread belief, we didn’t evolve from apes, but both apes and humans evolved from a common ancestor that existed perhaps 10 million years ago (technically we still are apes).

But even if that common ancestor still existed, the fact that evolution is the result of both random mutation and a process of natural selection imposed by environmental conditions, means it’s highly unlikely that it would ever retrace its steps in quite the same way.

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