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4 Early Old World migrations of Homo sapiens: human biology

Prehistory

Part I: The Peopling of the World during the Pleistocene

  1. Mark Stoneking,
  2. Katerina Harvati

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm805

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

How to Cite

Stoneking, M. and Harvati, K. 2013. 4 Early Old World migrations of Homo sapiens: human biology. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

This chapter presents the genetic and fossil evidence concerning the origins and earliest dispersals of Homo sapiens across the Old World. The authors begin by reviewing the evidence for an African origin of Homo sapiens, and then consider the following questions: how many major dispersals of modern humans were there out of Africa, when did they occur, and by what routes?

Keywords:

  • Pleistocene;
  • human evolution;
  • Genetics;
  • Asia;
  • Africa