The Human Family Tree

Recently, I watched a National Geographic Channel documentary entitled “The Human Family Tree“.  It uses the DNA of a couple hundred people at the 30th Avenue Street Fair in Queens, New York to trace the journey that took our species from its beginnings in Africa to all parts of the Earth.

Although our appearance is one of the most varied of any species on the planet, 99.9% of our DNA is the same.  Although we argue, fight, and even kill each other  over a lot of ultimately trivial differences, we are one family.  If everyone on Earth could view and fully understand this documentary, we might move much closer to mutual respect and peace than we have been since our earliest beginnings.

The documentary is a bit over 1 hour and 32 minutes long.  You can watch it here:

It’s probably available on several TV services as well.  If you absolutely cannot make the time needed to watch the whole thing, start the video above then drag the control to the last 10 minutes and watch from there.

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