Did Modern Humans Come from China as Much as from Africa?

A reappraisal of the Chinese Dali skull suggest a more prominent role for China in early human history.

The Dali skull. (Photo: Wu, Athreya, et al.)

A nearly complete human skull was found in Dali County of Shaanxi Province, China in 1978. A recent reappraisal of the skull has led some scientists to a hypothesis which, if proven true, turns the accepted history of early Homo sapiens upside-down.

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Humanity's Earliest-Known Ancestors Have Been Discovered in Southern England

This is the oldest fossil ever found belonging to the line that leads to us.

The ancestors to modern humans scouting for food. Credit: Mark Witton, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

Phylogeny is the biological development and history of an organism or its class. Paleontologists have been researching the class Mammalia’s phylogeny for some time, particularly its trajectory from tiny rodent-like creatures in the late Triassic 200 million years ago, to modern-day humans. There are currently around 5,000 mammals on the planet, and it's a very diverse group at that.

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