Photo: Climate Change May Have Helped Humans Out of Africa, Study Says



This map shows possible routes taken by early humans during what is thought to have been the first migration out of Africa some 60,000 years ago.

Recent research suggests that increasingly wetter conditions in parts of Africa may have triggered advances in culture and brainpower that eventually led to the spread of early humans into Europe and Asia.

Map by the Genographic Project/NGS


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