is a theory that apes transformed into humans in a slow geological change that took thousands and thousands of years. Humans
came late to the evolution party. Life has been evolving for almost four million years now, and we humans arose in our present
form just 200,000 years ago. If we were compressed all of evolution into one day, we would appear at about 2 seconds before
midnight. The now-extinct “close cousins” of humans are the Australopithecus, Paranthropus, Kanyanthropus,
and Ardipithecus. We know them from fossil skeletons that have been found in east Africa. The Australopithecus lived about
3.4 million years ago, well before Homo Sapiens.