Southern Africa Was Humankind's First Home, Scientists Say

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers says it has identified the location of an ancient human homeland, which its believed to have lain just south of the Greater Zambezi River Basin, which today includes northern Botswana, part of Namibia and Zimbabwe. A study of ancient DNA suggests that humans stayed in the area for at least 70,000 years before they migrated elsewhere, possibly driven by shifts in the climate.

The Makgadikgadi Basin in Botswana in 2011.

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