jueves, 31 de enero de 2013

Study yields new ideas on exit from Africa

OXFORD, England, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Modern humans left Africa earlier than previously thought in a number of climate-driven waves rather than a single period of movement, a British study suggests.

While previous attempts to date the exit of modern humans from Africa have relied heavily on evidence from genetics and archaeology, the researchers behind the new study said data on climate and environment could unlock new clues as to both how and why humans spread from the continent.

"The consensus view has been that modern humans left Africa around 60,000 years ago by a coastal route, skirting around some very arid places, and spread to Australia very quickly," said Michael Petraglia of the University of Oxford, co-author of the study published in the journal Quaternary International.

"We think that's wrong. We think people left Africa multiple times, probably a long time before, and we think it was terrestrial rather than coastal."

He acknowledged the idea goes against a well-established and widely held consensus, but said climate should be taken into account in any theory of movement out of Africa.

"We know that the climate has shifted a lot of times," he said. "We think that has acted like a pump out of Africa, pushing waves of people into South Asia." upi.com/

More information: Bolvin, N., Fuller, D., Dennell, R., Allaby, R., and Petraglia, M. Human Dispersal Across Diverse Environments of Asia during the Upper Pleistocene, Quaternary International, 2013, doi: 10.1016/j.quaint.2013.01.008

Actualización 04-02-13. Nueva teoría sobre la salida de África de los primeros humanos modernos
Los seres humanos modernos salieron de África dos veces, y primeramente de lo que antes se pensaba, extendiéndose en una serie de olas impulsadas por cambios climáticos, según sugieren nuevas investigaciones...

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Actualización. Nueva teoría sobre la salida de África de los primeros humanos modernos.