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Modern Humans: Origin and Evolution

  1. Todd R Disotell

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005300.pub2



How to Cite

Disotell, T. R. 2008. Modern Humans: Origin and Evolution. eLS. .

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  1. New York University, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008


Modern humans originated recently in geological time from a diverse African gene pool. Very little if any interbreeding probably occurred with existing archaic human populations outside of Africa such as the Neanderthals of Europe.


  • multiregional model;
  • single recent replacement model;
  • coalescence;
  • Neanderthal;
  • mitochondrial DNA