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  Did our species evolve in subdivided populations across Africa, and why does it matter?

Scerri, E. M. L., Thomas, M. G., Manica, A., Gunz, P., Stock, J. T., Stringer, C., et al. (2018). Did our species evolve in subdivided populations across Africa, and why does it matter? Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33(8), 582-594. doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.05.005.

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Scerri, Eleanor M. L.1, Author              
Thomas, Mark G., Author
Manica, Andrea, Author
Gunz, Philipp, Author
Stock, Jay T., Author
Stringer, Chris, Author
Grove, Matt, Author
Groucutt, Huw S.1, Author              
Timmermann, Axel, Author
Rightmire, G. Philip, Author
d’Errico, Francesco, Author
Tryon, Christian A., Author
Drake, Nick A., Author
Brooks, Alison S., Author
Dennell, Robin W., Author
Durbin, Richard, Author
Henn, Brenna M., Author
Lee-Thorp, Julia, Author
deMenocal, Peter, Author
Petraglia, Michael D.1, Author              
Thompson, Jessica C., AuthorScally, Aylwyn, AuthorChikhi, Lounès, Author more..
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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 Abstract: We challenge the view that our species, Homo sapiens, evolved within a single population and/or region of Africa. The chronology and physical diversity of Pleistocene human fossils suggest that morphologically varied populations pertaining to the H. sapiens clade lived throughout Africa. Similarly, the African archaeological record demonstrates the polycentric origin and persistence of regionally distinct Pleistocene material culture in a variety of paleoecological settings. Genetic studies also indicate that present-day population structure within Africa extends to deep times, paralleling a paleoenvironmental record of shifting and fractured habitable zones. We argue that these fields support an emerging view of a highly structured African prehistory that should be considered in human evolutionary inferences, prompting new interpretations, questions, and interdisciplinary research directions.

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 Dates: 2018-07-11
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 13
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DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2018.05.005
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Title: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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Publ. Info: Amsterdam [Netherlands] : Elsevier Current Trends
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 33 (8) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 582 - 594 Identifier: ISSN: 0169-5347
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/110984180788417