The homeland of our lineage, Africa encompasses a fossil hominin record across the last 6 million years or more. The genetics of African populations give us insights into the evolutionary history of humans across the last few hundred thousand years.
Humans tend to mix and interact with each other. Geneticists are once again starting to take that seriously, changing their view of our origins.
Mining led to the skull's discovery, destroyed its context, and left a century-long legacy of lead poisoning.
New research shows that today's populations in Africa have around one third the Neandertal ancestry as people in Eurasia.
Reading a meta-analysis of faunal data by Geoff Smith and coworkers that concludes that all Middle Pleistocene African peoples hunted the same prey animals.
Recently, I delivered a lecture to the American Society for Human Genetics, focusing on the African record of human origins. It was a great privilege to speak to more than 5000 members of this professional organization, together with other distinguished experts on African genetic variation and health. Here I share
I describe results from two papers of African genetic variation, which show that the population growth from agriculture followed an earlier demographic expansion.
A study of SNP variation across Africa enables us to look at a structured ancestral population long before 100,000 years ago.
As I read through the 20th-century archaeologist's memoirs, I find the flavor of the field in the 1920s and 1930s.