There Was No First Human

If you traced your family tree back 185 million generations, you wouldn’t be looking at a human, a primate, or even a mammal. You’d be looking at a fish. So where along that line does the first human show up? The answer may surprise you.

Inspired by Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality”
Also check out Richard Dawkins’ “The Ancestor’s Tale”

Images of prehistoric species used in this episode:
Tiktaalik, Procunsul, Plesiadapsis, Juramaia, Hylonomus – by Nobu Tamura (
Homo erectus (by Tim Evanson)