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Proof of Evolution Is in Your DNA


Another great video from our friend Dr. Joe Hanson and the team at It’s Okay to Be Smart, brought to you by PBS Digital Studios. This time, we’re looking at the proof of evolution that’s embedded right there in our DNA.

Humans are special, and we got that way thanks to evolution and natural selection. The proof is right there in our bodies! From anatomy to genes, here are some stories of how you got to be the way you are.

Dr. Joe Hanson, It’s Okay to Be Smart
Science Connected and It's Okay to be Smart: Proof of evolution is in your DNA
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