Modern human ancestry at the peripheries: A test of the replacement theory

Citation
Mh. Wolpoff et al., Modern human ancestry at the peripheries: A test of the replacement theory, SCIENCE, 291(5502), 2001, pp. 293-297
Citations number
33
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Multidisciplinary,Multidisciplinary,Multidisciplinary
Journal title
SCIENCE
ISSN journal
0036-8075 → ACNP
Volume
291
Issue
5502
Year of publication
2001
Pages
293 - 297
Database
ISI
SICI code
0036-8075(20010112)291:5502<293:MHAATP>2.0.ZU;2-L
Abstract
The replacement theory of modern human origins stipulates that populations outside of Africa were replaced by a new African species of modern humans. Here we test the replacement theory in two peripheral areas far from Africa by examining the ancestry of early modern Australians and Central European s. Analysis of pairwise differences was used to determine if dual ancestry in Local archaic populations and earlier modern populations from the Levant and/or Africa could be rejected. The data imply that both have a dual ance stry. The diversity of recent humans cannot result exclusively from a singl e Late Pleistocene dispersal.