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Gene, fossil data back diverse human roots

12:01pm, January 12, 2001

Just how modern humans first proliferated remains a great mystery of anthropology. Several recent fossil and genetic studies support the influential notion that a small population of Homo sapiens in Africa around 100,000 years ago began to spread, replacing humanlike species such as Neandertals.

Two new investigations raise doubts about this out-of-Africa scenario. One, slated to appear in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, fi

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