Thursday, July 07, 2016

Out of Africa - The Human Journey

Between 200,000 and 100,000 years ago in Africa archaic Homo sapiens evolved into anatomically modern humans. Around 60,000 years ago humans started to spread to the rest of the world, possibly by crossing the Red Sea into the Arabian Peninsula.

You can view an interactive map showing how Homo sapiens eventually spread to all corners of the globe on National Geographic's The Human Journey: Migration Routes. The map shows the land and sea routes that our ancestors took to populate the world. If you switch on the 'Route Highlights' layer on the map you can learn more about how and when humans first reached Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Americas.

National Geographic's map of the Human Journey is partly based on the results of the publisher's own Genographic Project. Nearly 800,000 people in over 140 countries have participated in this Genographic Project. By testing and sharing their personal DNA volunteers around the world have contributed to our understanding of where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth.

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