The Atlantic

I Was Never Taught Where Humans Came From

Many American students, myself included, never learn the human part of evolution.
Source: Michael Caronna / Reuters

Here’s what I remember from biology class at my public high school in Texas: We learned everything there is to know about the Krebs cycle. We collected bugs in the heat and suffocated them in jars of nail-polish remover. We did not, to my recollection, learn much of anything about how the human species originated.

Most scientists believe that the beings that would become humans branched off from the common ancestor we share with chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, about 6 million years ago. We did not learn this part—the monkey part. That is, our shared ancestry with other primates. Because this was nearly 20 years ago, and memories tend to fade with time, I checked with several friends who went to the same high school at the

Вы читаете отрывок, зарегистрируйтесь, чтобы читать полное издание.

Другое от: The Atlantic

The Atlantic10 мин. чтенияPolitics
Trump Is Doing All of This for Zuckerberg
As the United States enters a pandemic summer, with more than 100,000 Americans already dead, and as tear gas engulfed Minneapolis last night, following protests after yet another killing of a black man by a police officer, the president tweeted that
The Atlantic6 мин. чтенияPolitics
Trump Tries to Sink Twitter, His Oldest Enabler
The president’s two strongest instincts stand pitted against each other: his need for attention and his need to punish enemies.
The Atlantic5 мин. чтения
Listen: Is America Going to Make It?
If you watch the news, the country seems deeply divided about the coronavirus. But polls have shown an uncommon unity among Americans. On this episode of the podcast Social Distance, the staff writer James Fallows joins to share some historical persp