New Genetic Survey: Humans Originated Near Current Border of Angola and Namibia


20 Responses to “New Genetic Survey: Humans Originated Near Current Border of Angola and Namibia”

  1. bbonyx says:

    Tarsem Singh in the house!

  2. Patrick Dodds says:

    Those trees must be the most photographed bits of wood on the planet.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I sense a re-read of Terence McKenna – Food of the Gods, coming along…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Anyone have the coordinates on Google Earth?

  5. ZoopyFunk says:

    So that’s where the psilocybin spores from outerspace landed!

  6. hadlock says:

    I read the article. I don’t buy the basis of their argument though. Factually, what they’ve done is find the most genetically isolated group to date. Genetically isolated != most distant ancestor. Realistically our most distant ancestor is lost in the annals of time, because their genes, shared with most people, traveled near and far as for whatever reason, they were more successful than this tribe who haven’t progressed at all in the last 4000 years. In fact you could make the argument that this is the least likely place that humans originated. Or, that this area is so inhospitable that nobody ever came back, or was able to leave. An eddy in the river of human progression if you will.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Look! It’s Hera, Athena and Helo!

  8. petezombie says:

    We are all children of Africa baby!

  9. Cowtown2 says:

    @ #1,

    You are lucky I finished watching the series recently, or I’d’a had to reach through the intertubes and strangle you. :-)

  10. Kieran O'Neill says:

    Of course, that photo is slightly misleading – IIRC that part of the world only became desert about 50 000 years ago, long after modern humans would have emerged.

    (That said, it’s interesting that that is also the area where the last of the Khoisan, probably some of the closest people to the first humans, have ended up.)

  11. Alex_M says:

    Kieran: I’d certainly hope so. I wouldn’t feel at all at home in the Kalahari.

  12. Brainspore says:

    I don’t care what the snake tells you, avoid that tree on the left.

  13. Mindpowered says:

    You have to very careful about drawing an6y conclusions from that map alone.

    A) Genetic diversity (with two legs) walks around. We area only capturing it where it is now. Where it was between 150 – 250 thousand years ago is another matter.

    B) That exit point is even more suspicious for the same reason.

    C) Post-Colonial populations are enormously mixed and depending on who you sample it can skew your data.

    D)Genetic Material from fossil hominids (such as the Lake Mungo skeletons ) suggest that there was much greater genetic diversity outside of Africa until quite recently, and only Africa preserves relics the pre-colonial genetic pattern.

  14. toilet says:

    That picture matches this post really well imho.

  15. Anonymous says:

    did they find adamas raptor?

  16. Kitsapian says:

    Looking at the real estate, one can understand why most of us left.

  17. KBKarma says:

    I’m surprised it took people this long to realise. There’s a footprint, embedded in stone, that has been dated to be the oldest human footprint ever. Location? Botswana, which encompasses the vast majority of the Kalahari Desert. Admittedly, the footprint is located on the Francistown road, which is on the other side of the country, but still.

  18. spazzm says:

    So this is where we came from, and that’s what it looks like now?

    Well done, my good co-speciesists.
    Well fucking done.

  19. Anonymous says:

    @#8: are you referring to the crooked timber of humanity?

  20. Anonymous says:

    #14, try (-24.759317053109342, 15.292287468910217)

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