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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2012 11:55 a.m. PST

"New research by a University of Alberta archaeologist may lead to a rethinking of how, when and from where our ancestors left Africa…

The team made similar findings at Mlambalasi, about 20 kilometres from Magubike. Among the findings at this site was a fragmentary human skeleton that probably dates to the late Pleistocene Ice Age -- after the out-of-Africa expansion but at the end of the bottleneck period. The bottleneck theory explains what geneticists have found by studying the mitochondrial DNA of living people -- that all non-Africans are descended from one lineage of people who left Africa about 50,000 years ago…

It was only about 20 years ago that people recognized that modern Homo sapiens actually had an African ancestry, and everyone was focused on looking at early Homo sapiens in Europe who appeared around 40,000 years ago," she said. "But we now know that as far as back as around 200,000 years ago, Africa was inhabited by people who were already physically exactly like us today or really close to being the same as us. All of a sudden, it's not Europe in this time period that's really important, it's Africa…"
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jpattern2 Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2012 1:03 p.m. PST

Willoughby says one of the fascinating things about Magubike is the presence of a large rock shelter with an intact overhanging roof.
From the ahead-of-its-time Hanna-Barberian tribe:

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goragrad01 Jan 2013 12:04 p.m. PST

Wait till they find one with a garage…..

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