Stunning finding: Ancient ancestors didn’t come from Ethiopia, but rather this surprising place
A rather shocking new report has come out that is completely turning asunder ideas researchers had of where human beings first came from when they migrated out of Africa and into other parts of the world — and it wasn’t Ethiopia.
Instead, scientists believe that Egypt was where the first human civilizations migrated out of Africa from, instead of Ethiopia where archaeologists had believed for a long time was the route of modern humans on their path to colonize the planet., according to EurekAlert.
Scientists found this out by taking genetic samples of people in both Ethiopia nad Egypt, and found that it was Egypt that was probably the last point at which humans stopped before moving into the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, according to the study, which were published this week in the American Journal of Human Genetics.
Dr. Luca Pagani, who hails from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the University of Cambridge in the UK, said according to the report that humans probably left Africa about 60,000 years ago based on genetic information from six different populations in Northeast Africa. Pagani said that the two most plausible routes for humans was through Egypt and Sinai, the northern route, or through Ethiopia and the Babel Mandeb strait and Arabian Peninsula, the southern route.
Their analysis of genetics found a great deal of similarity between Eurasians and Egyptians — much more so than between Ethiopians and Eurasians, suggesting that it was the northern route that is the most likely candidate.