- The DNA variations between the current population of humans (7.6 billion at last count) is less than 0.01%. Or, we are 99.99% the same, and the obvious differences in shape of head, colour of skin etc are expressions of that one-ten-thousandth bit that’s different. Not such a big deal then, hmmm?! Those pure-blood theories of racial superiority so dear to Lord Voldemort (and some non-fictional nutjobs too!) were horribly wrong all along. I knew it!
- The genetic diversity within Africa is greater than the diversity of all the human populations outside put together. So whatever differences are there, originated within Africa itself and were carried out with the migrations.
- Chimps and humans vary in their DNA by 1.2%. Humans and gorillas by 1.6%. Both chimps and gorillas are African apes. Whereas the difference between humans and orang-utans, which are Asian apes, is 3.1%. Telling.
- A little over 50 km from Johannesburg, the Cradle of Humankind site was still being investigated as of September last year and yielding more fossils of modern humans. There is much to analyse still, but the evidence is now overwhelming as to the African origins of the species of Homo sapiens.
Till about sixty years ago, the accepted theories of human evolution placed human origins in Asia or Europe. Fossil hunters had scoured those continents for years and yet only a few fossils were found there. By contrast, nearly half of all the fossils found so far are concentrated in Africa, in the Rift Valley and South Africa mostly, and this is changing every day as more and more fossils are being found.
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