Out of Africa model

Definition

noun

A scientific model that attempts to explain the origin of modern humans. According to this theory, anatomically modern humans have a single origin, i.e. human evolution started solely in Africa about 60,000 years ago. The early modern humans in due course replaced other hominid populations (such as Neanderthals) when they began to spread to different regions of the world.


Supplement

Variant:

  • Recent Out-of-Africa model

Synonym(s):

  • recent single-origin hypothesis (RSOH)
  • Replacement Hypothesis
  • Noah's ark model
  • Recent African Origin model
  • African replacement model
  • recent African origin of modern humans

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