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Monkeys All the Way Down

Evolution

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    Monkeys All the Way Down

    Everyone’s likely heard it or seen it written on a protest sign: “I didn’t evolve from a monkey.” It’s a well-worn refrain of those who resist the evolutionary perspective. The pat response we often hear is, “You’re right! We didn’t evolve from monkeys. We share ancestors with them.” However, this talking point isn’t entirely honest. Yes, we share ancestors with monkeys; we share ancestors with every living thing. …