A groundbreaking new discovery indicates that humans may have migrated out of Africa much earlier than scientists believed.
A staggering new discovery suggests that our traditional belief that modern humans, known as homo sapiens, migrated in a single wave out of Africa and into Asia about 60,000 years ago may be incorrect. The “Out of Africa” model is drawing new scrutiny thanks to a study published recently in the journal Science that suggests our history is a little bit more complicated than that.
In fact, there may have been several migrations out of Africa that started as early as 120,000 years ago, as researchers have found fossils in southern and central China that were perhaps that old, and at least 70,000 years old. That doesn’t mean the “Out of Africa” theory is completely bunk, but it doesn’t appear to tell the whole story.
In fact, there may have been a large migration out of Africa at around 60,000 years ago. Interestingly, scientists have also found evidence that modern humans interbred with Neanderthals before they died out, another indication that homo sapiens was in Asia earlier than thought.