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ChristopherBlackwell Post number 26090 Posted: 5th January 2020     Subject: The search for Eden: in pursuit of humanity’s origins
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The search for Eden: in pursuit of humanity’s origins

Our species, Homo sapiens, evolved in Africa over hundreds of thousands of years. Now we are beginning to understand how
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But most were sure it would only be a matter of time before our species’ birthplace was pinpointed: perhaps on land covering a huge estuary that once groaned with fish or near a vast slice of savannah rich with game. It was here, in some Stone Age paradise, that our more primitive predecessors honed their intellectual and cultural skills and were transformed into Homo sapiens, a species of primate notable for its rounded skull, small face, prominent chin, advanced tools, high intelligence and sophisticated culture.

It is a neat picture. However, in recent years cracks have begun to appear in this simple image of our distant past, mainly because plausible candidates for our birthplace have proved hard to find. As a result, a growing number of researchers are turning away from the idea that such an Arcadia existed. As the Harvard geneticist David Reich has put it: “When it comes to human ancestry, there was no Garden of Eden. ”

Instead, archaeologists, fossil experts and geneticists are backing a dramatic new idea to explain the evolution of Homo sapiens. They say a multitude of different places in Africa acted as the cradle of modern humankind. We did not appear in one place and then spread. Instead we constantly evolved for almost half a million years across the sprawling vastness of the continent.
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