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Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2004 Dec;14(6):667-74.

A structured ancestral population for the evolution of modern humans.

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Biological Anthropology Unit and Statistics Department, University of Oxford, 1 South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3TG, UK. rosalind.harding@bioanthropology.oxford.ac.uk

Abstract

The view that modern humans evolved through a bottleneck from a single founding group of archaic Homo is being challenged by new analyses of contemporary genetic variation. A wide range of middle to late Pleistocene ages for gene genealogies and evidence for early population structures point to a diverse and scattered ancestry associated with a metapopulation history of local extinctions, re-colonization and admixture. A different balance of the same processes has shaped chimpanzee diversity.

PMID:
15531162
DOI:
10.1016/j.gde.2004.08.010
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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