Paradigm change: Humans evolved over half a million years all over Africa – Archaeology

We arose in Africa: no argument there. Now a new theory challenges the standard one that humankind arose from one place in Africa, from one group. The awkward fact is that accruing archaeological and genetic evidence doesn’t support the single-point-of-origin linear-progression hypothesis.

Archaic Homo sapiens remains have been discovered from Africa’s north to its south. They were all over the place. So a vast international team of scientists is proposing a new paradigm, in a paper published Wednesday in Trends in Ecology & Evolution: that humans evolved across the continent. They lived in partial…

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