Ancient human genome from southern Africa throws light on our origins

29 septiembre 2014

The skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tells us about ourselves as humans, and throws some light on our earliest common genetic ancestry. The man’s genome was sequenced and shown to be one of the ‘earliest diverged’ — oldest in genetic terms — found to-date in a region where modern humans are believed to have originated roughly 200,000 years ago.