Revolutionizing the “Out of Africa” story

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The discovery of the structure of DNA and the subsequent developments in genetics and genomics have had a great impact on all of the biological sciences, including human evolution.

Our ideas about human evolution 60 years ago came primarily from the fossil and archaeological records. These fields revealed that the last two million years were a dynamic period of our evolutionary history.

The future of human evolution studies is particularly bright due to genetics. As techniques become more refined, we can anticipate more ancient DNA studies that allow us a direct glimpse into our evolutionary past. Already, new sequencing techniques are producing much data on current populations that can be analyzed with MLNCA and newer parametric phylogeographic techniques that are complementary to the non-parametric MLNCA (Templeton, 2010).

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