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 All human beings today are cousins, and we all have the same African grandparents

We’re going to start off our humanities class in a sort of odd place: science. The reason why we’re starting with science is that over the last few decades, we’ve been able to revolutionize our understanding of humanity though the tools of genetic research.  What evolutionary geneticists have found is that, no matter one’s ethnicity, skin color, culture, language, religion, or background, we all descend from a group of ancestors who lived in Africa about 60,000 – 50,000 years ago.

 All human beings today are cousins, and we all have the same African grandparents. As I said, all this information is new, and we’re really the first generation in human history to understand the story scientifically.  To tell the story, there are few people in the world better than the geneticist Spencer Wells, who was educated at Harvard, Stanford and Oxford (yikes!), and who for ten years between 2005 and 2015 headed up National Geographic’s “Genographic Project”. You will watch a documentary on this topic here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6nEGfcwMNA, then submit a paper on it. It’s a long documentary (2 hours) so make sure you budget your time appropriately. When you are finished watching the documentary, write a 350 – 450 word summary of it which includes all of the terms listed on the study guide.  This is a credit/no credit assignment. I use 10 different Plagiarism websites to check for Plagiarism. You WILL be dropped from the class if anything is detected.