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UCLA: Chris Stringe | The Origin of Us | Fossil Record of Anatomically Modern Humans

World map of human migrations, with the North Pole at center. Africa, harboring the start of the migration, is at the top left and South America at the far right. Migration patterns are based on studies of mitochondrial (matrilinear) DNA. Dashed lines are hypothetical migrations.. Article features image is an reconstruction of Homo habilis, the first known human ancestor to use stone tools. Credit: Lillyundfreya

World map of human migrations, with the North Pole at center. Africa, harboring the start of the migration, is at the top left and South America at the far right. Migration patterns are based on studies of mitochondrial (matrilinear) DNA. Dashed lines are hypothetical migrations.. Article features image is an reconstruction of Homo habilis, the first known human ancestor to use stone tools. Credit: Lillyundfreya

This series “The Origin of Us” is hosted by the University of California takes a fresh look at the questions of where we come from with a critical examination of the available evidence from multiple sources.

Evidence points strongly to Africa as the major center for the genetic, physical and behavioral origins of both ancient and modern humans.

In this talk, Chris Stringer (Natural History Museum, London) reviews recent genetic and paleontological research that suggests more complex scenarios for our origins than had been considered previously. This includes the likelihood of interbreeding between archaic and modern humans, both within and outside of Africa.

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