Keynote

Modern Human Origins: The ‘Out of Africa’ Debate

  1. John H Relethford

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0003349.pub2

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How to Cite

Relethford, J. H. 2008. Modern Human Origins: The ‘Out of Africa’ Debate. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. State University of New York College at Oneonta, Oneonta, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

Abstract

Anthropologists continue to debate on the evolutionary origin of modern humans. Although most researchers agree that anatomically modern humans originated in Africa between 150 000 and 200 000 years ago, there is still debate over whether this was a speciation event that replaced other human populations outside of Africa, or whether there was genetic mixture.

Keywords:

  • human evolution;
  • Homo sapiens;
  • Africa