Likely the most ardent supporter o the OOA Theory (Out of Africa) Professor Chris Stringer of the London Museum of Natural History appears to have thrown in the towel. This happened at the 5th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the Study of Human Evolution. Basically, what he’s now admitting is what many of us have known for a long while now and that is that the OOA is BADLY in need of revision.
This comes on the heels of a recent discovery of an Neanderthal ancestor that existed 300-400 kya (thousand years ago) in Spain. What this means is that the theorized divisions that took place between modern humans, Neanderthals, Denisovans, the Red Deer Cave People et al had to have taken place 400-500 kya and NOT 200 kya! What this means is that the ancestors of modern humans were already walking a path of their own apart from other archaic human species 100-400 kya!!
This throws the entire OOA theory into question (again). This discovery of a Neanderthal ancestor in Spain pushes back the origins of H. sapiens (modern humans). It also means as Stringer stated, that “…not only is the dating of the genesis of Homo sapiens is out by hundreds of thousands of years, but so too is the location this occurred is no longer secure.” In other words, not only is our dating of modern humans out of whack BUT so is the idea that everything began in Africa and migrated outward to conquer the world via “replacement.”
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