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Uh Oh... The Theory That Humans Originated In Africa Is Rapidly Falling Apart

Updated 14 Jun 2019 126.3k views10 items

It is commonly accepted that history of early humans can be traced back to a region in East Africa dubbed the "cradle of humanity" for its foundational role in human evolution. However, a newly discovered footprint in Crete could complicate the standing human evolutionary narrative.

It's theorized that the footprint might have belonged to a human precursor that lived 5.7 million years ago, which would mean that humans were wandering around continents other than Africa for much longer than archaeologists originally thought. This new development in the theory of human evolution is not the first piece of evidence threatening to debunk the current "cradle of humanity" theory, which has been around since the mid-20th century, but it is significant in helping researchers craft the most accurate model of human evolution possible.

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