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African pygmies may be older than thought

Ancestors of small-bodied hunter-gatherers and taller farming groups in Africa may have separated about 60,000 years ago

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7:57pm, April 9, 2009

Despite their diminutive size, African pygmies have taken a giant step back in time. A new genetic investigation indicates that common ancestors of these hunter-gatherers and their taller, farming neighbors diverged approximately 60,000 years ago.

Cold temperatures and a decline in rainfall at that time, already linked to ancient human migrations out of Africa, sparked the evolution of different human populations within Africa, conclude geneticist

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