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Another Terrible Science Headline

A recent headline and article in Archaeology World Magazine written by an anonymous team of authors reads as though it was written by someone who hasn't studied paleoanthropology for decades, if at all. Beginning with the title, the oldest "human" fossils found outside Africa are currently the Dmanisi fossils from Dmanisi, Georgia (Asia) dated to 1.8 million years ago and discovered in 2005.  All species in the Genus Homo are considered human, including Homo erectus

The article begins by saying:

"The popular consensus in palaeoanthropology places the ancestors of our species exclusively in Africa before making a successful migration into Eurasia around 60,000 years ago."

No it isn't the popular consensus, and it hasn't been for decades. We've known about earlier dispersals of Homo sapiens to the middle east going as far back as 130,000 years ago. The current consensus as I understand it is that humans have been leaving Africa, at least in small numbers, since early Homo erectus who reached SE Asia by 1.7 million years ago. There is genetic evidence of early Homo sapiens interbreeding with Neandertals outside Africa over 100,000 years ago. Dr. Chris Stringer and others have been writing about this for years and the information is well known among those who follow paleoanthropology.

The article goes on:

"It was believed that these earlier populations represented a small-scale failed migration that barely managed to leave the continent before dying off. Now new Homo sapiens fossils from Israel suggest that this popular model is almost completely wrong."

The author came to that conclusion from the discovery of one fossil? Current evidence places the origin of Genus Homo and our species solidly within Africa, with minor dispersals or migrations to Asia and Europe of perhaps small groups throughout the entire history of our species. Early Homo sapiens arriving in Europe and Western Asia likely had to deal with established populations of our Neanderal cousins until their numbers dwindled by around 50,000 years ago. This new discovery is important, but it in no way changes the overall body of evidence that suggests this. 

 

 

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