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Out of Africa: human roots

Modern genetics has now shown that the "out of Africa" theory is correct.

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Humans first emerged in Africa around 2.5m years ago. Over 160,000 years ago a new group-the first “anatomically modern” humans-arose in the lands of east Africa. Every human on earth today is descended from that group. Then, around 80,000 years ago, a splinter group of these new Africans journeyed out of Africa and their descendants spread out to the far reaches of the continents. This incredible journey across land, river and ocean can now be mapped and plotted in time, through a combination of archaeology, climate study and, most recently, the study…

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