Human Populations: Evolution
Published Online: 15 JUL 2006
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How to Cite
Cann, R. L. 2006. Human Populations: Evolution. eLS. .
- Published Online: 15 JUL 2006
Human populations began a separate evolutionary genetic trajectory about 6 million years ago, but the common ancestors of all modern human populations share a more recent past, and generally trace back to less than 1 million years ago. Estimating the exact age of these genetic ancestors, who likely came out of Africa and dispersed around the world, depends on the particular set of genes examined.
- mitochondrial DNA;
- gene flow