Humans evolved in southern Africa around 200,000- 350,00,000 years ago, then expanded out to the rest of the world around 100,000 years ago. Several lines of evidence point to an African origin for Homo sapiens. Human diversity is highest there, both in terms of genes and languages, suggesting a long history on the African continent. There’s also an extensive fossil record of primitive humans. What’s more, our closest relatives, chimps and gorillas, live in Africa, along with a diverse fauna of baboons and monkeys like vervets and colobus. Humans seem to be part of a radiation of higher primates, apes…




Dr. Nick Longrich

Dr. Nick Longrich, Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath

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