Homo sapiens left Africa around 100,000 years ago in a series of astronomically-paced slow migration waves and arrived for the first time in southern Europe around 80,000-90,000 years ago, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. These results by a team of researchers from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) challenge prominent anthropological models that assume a single exodus out of Africa around 60,000 years ago.
This study documents that about every 20,000 years warmer and wetter northern Hemisphere tropical summers boosted the migration and exchange between Africa and Eurasia.
Citation: A. Timmermann, T. Friedrich (2016) Late Pleistocene climate drivers of early human migration, Nature, doi: 10.1038/nature19365.
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