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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. (2019). Human origins in southern african Palaeo-wetlands?: strong claims from weak evidence. preprints.org, 2019110193. doi:10.20944/preprints201911.0193.v1.

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Schlebusch, Carina M., Author
Loog, Liisa, Author
Groucutt, Huw S., 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.1, Author              
Scally, Aylwyn, Author
Brierley, Chris, Author
Thomas, Mark G., Author
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1Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074312              

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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: 2019-11-17
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 5
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 Table of Contents: Weakly informative data
Lineages are not populations
Populations are not static
Palaeoanthropology
Climate reconstructions
Concluding remarks
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.20944/preprints201911.0193.v1
Other: shh2462
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Title: preprints.org
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Ding, Linghua, Editor
Shen, Aaron, Editor
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Publ. Info: Basel : MDPI
Pages: - Volume / Issue: - Sequence Number: 2019110193 Start / End Page: - Identifier: URN: https://www.preprints.org/