Getting “ Out of Africa ” : Sea Crossings , Land Crossings and Culture in the Hominin Migrations

  title={Getting “ Out of Africa ” : Sea Crossings , Land Crossings and Culture in the Hominin Migrations},
  author={Robin Derricourt},
Palaeoanthropologists and archaeologists have advanced a wide range of explanatory narratives for the various movements of Homo erectus/Homo ergaster, and the first modern Homo sapiens, “Out of Africa”—or even back again. The application of Occam’s razor—a parsimonious approach to causes—gives a more cautious approach. There is nothing in the available evidence that would require the ability for a human water crossing from Africa before the later Pleistocene, whether across the Strait of… CONTINUE READING

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