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Title:The 'Africa and the Rest of the World Evolutionary Hypotheses': An Exercise in Scientific Epistemology
Author:Keita, Lansana
Year:2004
Periodical:African Archaeological Review
Volume:21
Issue:1
Period:March
Pages:1-6
Language:English
Geographic term:Africa
Subjects:archaeology
human evolution
prehistory
Anthropology and Archaeology
History and Exploration
External link:https://doi.org/10.1023/B:AARR.0000022316.13929.13
Abstract:This paper critically examines various theories concerning the migration of hominid groups out of Africa. Despite important differences, the three major theories of human anthropological evolution all subscribe in greater or lesser degrees to what one might call the 'Africa-rest of the world' evolutionary hypothesis, although there is no supportable epistemological and scientific basis for making this dual distinction. The three major theories are: the Africa replacement model; the multiregional model; and the trellis model of recurrent genetic interchange. An epistemological analysis of the extant evolutionary models and theories indicates that ideological considerations are at work here. The implicit goal on grounds of a na´ve hierarchical racialism is to make of Africa's population a special case in the world's genome bank. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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