The Multiregional model

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The multiregional model An Opposing View of the Dispersal of Homo Sapiens


Basic facts which both models agree on.

         Hominins first left Africa and established populations in other parts of the world (first southern Asia, China, and Java, later Europe) by 1.8 million years ago.

         Humans today are quite different anatomically and behaviourally from archaic people (that is, most humans before 40,000 years ago) anywhere in the world.

         Human populations today are genetically very similar to each other.

         African populations today are more genetically diverse than populations in other parts of the world.

         Recent humans in Europe and Asia share a few features with the ancient archaic people who lived in those places before 40,000 years ago.


Strongly supported by Leonard Wolpoff.


The multiregional model.

         Around 1.8 million years ago, Homo erectus left Africa and dispersed across the globe.

         Over time Homo erectus evolved gradually through other forms of archaic human to become Homo sapiens.

         This process occurred across the range of Homo erectus.

         Homo sapiens therefore did not originate solely in Africa.

         At a basic level, Homo erectus always evolves into Homo sapiens, wherever it lives across the globe.

         In an extreme form,


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