Indigenous global histories and modern human origins

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It is generally accepted among scientists today that the deep roots of humanity can be found in Africa. However, what were the processes that created present humanity? How should these processes be conceptualised? How should these processes impact on our understanding of what it means to be human? While the deep roots of the human lineage are in Africa, the ancestors of today’s humans had already started exploring other parts of the world at least two million years ago. The theme of ‘human origins’ is not just an African story; it is a global one. Dispersed across space and time, it is a story that needs to be deconstructed into many stories at different scales. This contribution aims to reinterpret recent human evolution from the perspective of Indigenous global history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Global Indigenous History
EditorsAnn McGrath, Lynette Russell
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages26
ISBN (Electronic)9781315181929
ISBN (Print)9781138743106
Publication statusPublished - 2022


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