"Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
At a practical level, anthropology has answered the first two:
we now know (through fossil evidence), that we are the remote descendants of apes who lived in
Africa about 5 million years ago. Modern apes, which are also descended from the same original
stock, are kin, not ancestors. Our main difference from chimps
and gorillas is that over the last 3 million years or so, we have been shaped less and
less by nature, and more and more by culture. We have become experimental creatures of our own
Above quote by Robert Wright in his book : A Short History of Progress.