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Skull Study Targets Africa-Only Origins

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Science  12 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5502, pp. 231
DOI: 10.1126/science.291.5502.231

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While Australian researchers invoke ancient DNA to discredit the notion that "Out of Africa" migrants completely replaced earlier humans, one anthropologist is assaulting it with bones. On page 293 of this issue, he and collaborators put the two rival scenarios to the test. Applying a statistical technique little used by anthropologists, they analyzed 25 ancient skulls from throughout the Old World and determined that three relatively recent ones had both local and African ancestry.