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Discovery of Stone Tools Suggest Early Escape

Courtesy of The New York Times/Science/AAAS

The discovery of stone tools, made by modern humans suggest that they escaped their ancestral homelands much earlier than originally suspected. The tools were discovered from an archaeological site called Jebel Faya in today’s United Arab Emirates.  AAA member and palaeontologist at the Natural Museum of London, Christopher Stringer speaks with the New York Times about this discovery and the questions it further raises about the movement of the modern humans outside of the Africa. Read more in the complete article written by journalist Nicholas Wade.

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  1. Please be careful about using words like “escape” to describe migrations of humans from Africa. Using these words associates negative connotations with Africa, the homeland of human evolution. It seems like these kinds of phrasings, “escape” and “got out of Africa,” have been increasing. Nicholas Wade, the NYTimes reporter, is a prime offender. As Robert N. Proctor put it: “I call this ‘Out-of-Africa: Thank God!’ to point to the presumption that hominids became human in the process of leaving Africa–a slight that seems always unintentional, yet is surprisingly common” (in “Three Roots of Human Recency,” Current Anthropology 2003:225).

  2. [...] language used about out-of-Africa is neutral or insulting (see Nicholas Wade’s biased language of “escape” from Africa); and whether the out-of-Africa expansion is characterized as colonization and conquest. For [...]

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