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  Human origins in southern african Palaeo-wetlands?: strong claims from weak evidence

Schlebusch, C. M., Loog, L., Groucutt, H. S., King, T., Rutherford, A., Barbieri, C., et al. (2021). Human origins in southern african Palaeo-wetlands?: strong claims from weak evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science, 130: 105374, pp. 1-4. doi:10.1016/j.jas.2021.105374.

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Schlebusch, Carina M., Author
Loog, Liisa, Author
Groucutt, Huw S.1, 2, Author              
King, Turi, Author
Rutherford, Adam, Author
Barbieri, Chiara, Author
Barbujani, Guido, Author
Chikhi, Lounès, Author
Jakobsson, Mattias, Author
Eriksson, Anders, Author
Manica, Andrea, Author
Tishkoff, Sarah A., Author
Scerri, Eleanor M. L.3, Author              
Scally, Aylwyn, Author
Brierley, Chris, Author
Thomas, Mark G., Author
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1Max Planck Research Group Extreme Events, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3262629              
2Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              
3Lise Meitner Pan-African Evolution Research Group, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_3033582              

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Free keywords: human origins, mitochondrial DNA; Africa; human evolution
 Abstract: Chan and colleagues in their paper titled “Human origins in a southern African palaeo-wetland and first migrations” (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-019-1714-1) report 198 novel whole mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences and infer that ‘anatomically modern humans’ originated in the Makgadikgadi–Okavango palaeo-wetland of southern Africa around 200 thousand years ago. This claim relies on weakly informative data. In addition to flawed logic and questionable assumptions, the authors surprisingly disregard recent evidence and debate on human origins in Africa. As a result, the emphatic and high profile conclusions of the paper are unjustified.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2021-05-142021-06
 Publication Status: Published in print
 Pages: 4
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 Table of Contents: 1. Introduction
1.1. Weakly informative data
1.2. Lineages are not populations
1.3. Populations are not static
1.4. Palaeoanthropology
1.5. Climate reconstructions
2. Concluding remarks
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2021.105374
DOI: 10.20944/preprints201911.0193.v1
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Title: Journal of Archaeological Science
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 130 Sequence Number: 105374 Start / End Page: 1 - 4 Identifier: ISSN: 0305-4403
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954922648108

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