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Monday, November 23, 2015

6+ million years of human evolution in 93 seconds

A nicely-done, 1.5-minute video morphs together a number of reconstructed fossil skulls to illustrate the broad changes from the time when the human lineage split from the chimp lineage, about 6-8  million years ago, to today.

It's interesting, but also illustrates a bias. 

First, here's the video (also here, if the embedded video doesn't work):

The video isn't wrong, exactly, but it ends with a white-skinned European male, which actually is a minority population of today's humanity.

Would you view the video differently if it had ended with, say, a black female, an asian male, or, say, a Syrian refugee? They're all just as valid exemplars of today's humankind.