Friday, January 12, 2007

Hofmeyr-Skull Supports the 'Out of Africa' Theory

Late Pleistocene Human Skull from Hofmeyr, South Africa, and Modern Human Origins. 2007. F. E. Grine et al. Science 315: 226-229.

The Hofmeyr Skull. Image: Frederick E. Grine

From the press release:

A human skull discovered over fifty years ago near the town of Hofmeyr, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa has been dated the skull to 36,000 years ago. This skull provides critical corroboration of genetic evidence indicating that modern humans originated in sub-Saharan Africa and migrated about this time to colonize the Old World.