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We like to think of ourselves as exceptional beings, but is there really anything that sets us apart from other animals? Humans are the slightest of twigs on a single family tree that encompasses four billion years and a billion species.
In The Book of Humans, Adam Rutherford from R4's Inside Science explores how many of the things once considered to be exclusively human are not: we are not the only species that communicates, makes tools, utilises fire, or has sex for reasons other than to make new versions of ourselves. Illuminated by the latest scientific discoveries, it fixes us as animals, and reveals how we are extraordinary among them.
Chaired by Prof. Kevin O'Dell