Australian scientists have added a new dimension to our understanding of where we first emerged: tracing the first modern humans to what was once a single giant wetland in southern Africa, 200,000 years ago.
Australian research by scientists at the Garvan Institute was published overnight.
It takes us a further geographical step beyond the current understanding that anatomically modern humans were born in East Africa or the Horn of Africa.
The work referred to climatic and geological data, but focused on the use of mitochondrial DNA from selected people in this new region.
Professor David Lambert is the inaugural professor of evolutionary biology at Griffith University.