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The 20 discoveries redefining 'human' in 2020

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A century ago, the Roaring Twenties marked the shaking of social norms, the emerging of new identities, and the redrawing of nations. The decade changed the pace of our lives indelibly. And as 2020 draws to a close, we invite you to revisit the moments in 2020 that made us rethink the very nature of what it means to be human.

This year, scientists attempted to answer some of the most profound questions about our species. Where — and whom — do we come from? Is there a seat of consciousness in our brains? Do we evolve, like other species? In 2020 we came a little closer to finally answering these questions and more.

Did we miss anything? Email us your favorite human discoveries from 2020.

Check back in all month as we revisit some of the most incredible discoveries about humankind made in 2020 as part of our month-long countdown.

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