UCL Genetics Institute


UGI's Prof Francois Balloux co-authors paper on genetics and climate reconstructions to track the global spread of modern humans out of Africa

18 September 2012

Research indicates the out-of-Africa spread of humans was dictated by the appearance of favourable climatic windows. By integrating genetics with high resolution historical climate reconstructions, scientists have been able to predict the timing and routes taken by modern humans during their expansion out of Africa. Their research reveals that the spread of humans out of Africa was dictated by climate, with their entry into Europe possibly delayed by competition with Neanderthals.  

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