Early man linked to Africa

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

THE largest ge­netic anal­y­sis of African pop­u­la­tions to date sug­gests that mod­ern hu­mans orig­i­nated in south­ern African about 60,000 years ago, not east­ern Africa as is now com­monly thought.

A team from Stan­ford Univer­sity found that the Bush­men hunter-gath­er­ers of the Kala­hari Desert who speak one of the Khoisan lan­guages char­ac­terised by the pres­ence of click­ing con­so­nants have the great­est ge­netic di­ver­sity in their DNA of any peo­ple in Africa – and, in­deed, the world.

High ge­netic di­ver­sity is gen­er­ally ac­cepted as a mark of the old age of a pop­u­la­tion, and Africans in gen­eral have the great­est ge­netic di­ver­sity of all peo­ples, in­di­cat­ing that the hu­man race orig­i­nated on that con­ti­nent.

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