But I thought we originated in northeast Africa: Paleontologists trace origins of modern humans to southern Africa

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Oct. 29 (UPI) — The earliest ancestors of anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens sapiens, emerged in southern Africa, according to a new study published this week in the journal Nature.

“It has been clear for some time that anatomically modern humans appeared in Africa roughly 200 thousand years ago,” lead researcher Vanessa Hayes, a professor of human genomics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia, said in a news release. “What has been long debated is the exact location of this emergence and subsequent dispersal of our earliest ancestors.”

Hayes and her colleagues used mitochondrial DNA samples from indigenous Africans to trace the human family tree back to its roots. According to the genetic analysis, the earliest modern humans emerged in an area south of the Zambezi River, in what’s now Botswana.

Source: Paleontologists trace orgins of modern humans to Botswana – UPI.com

Steve Parker, M.D.

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