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Wesley R. Elsberry

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(Permalink) Posted: Oct. 13 2002,06:03   

Chinese Hominid Challenges Out-of-Africa Origin of Modernman (People's Daily, 2002/10/12)

A recent finding in the dating of Chinese hominid fossils has challenged the prevailing "out-of-Africa" theory regarding the origin of modern man.

With a new dating method, scientists determined that Liujiang Hominid roamed south China approximately 70,000 to 130,000 years ago, rather than 30,000 years ago or less as it was previously believed. This new finding supports the theory that modern Chineseman originated in what is present-day Chinese territory rather than the mainstream "out of Africa" hypothesis which held that modern humans evolved from African ancestors alone.

The article claims that the "out-of-Africa" theory dates to 1987.  The writer is only about a century and a bit off.


Man or ape? African fossil sparks verbal war (Independent Online, South Africa, 2002/10/11)

Their claim is that Toumai will overturn the conventional view of mankind, because the evolutionary split between apes and humans clearly occurred far earlier than molecular studies suggest.

Nonsense, say a team led by Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan, who suggest the ape-like features found on Toumai mean he was no more than that - an ape.

"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker

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