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ENGINEERING HISTORY

Did a robot just solve a prevailing mystery of evolution?

  • Michael Tabb
By Michael Tabb

Video journalist

Published This article is more than 2 years old.

Millions of years before the dinosaurs or even the supercontinent of Pangaea, some of the planet’s earliest animals were taking their first steps from water to solid earth. And scientists think they’ve just taken a big step toward figuring out how they did it—using robots to model creatures that have been long extinct.

Watch the video above to learn what they learned, and how it could do more than help us understand our evolutionary history.

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