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If Kappelman is right and Zhu et al.'s finding can be confirmed, then the genesis of the genus Homo was followed by an almost immediate spread from Africa across nearly all the world, but so thin and so patchy, that nearly nothing has been left to show their occupation. If so, how can they have managed to maintain a sufficiently connected breeding population? To survive successfully for a million years, they must have been significantly less inbred then the last Neanderthals.
Sorensen et al. is a nice methodological exercise, but what does it tell us? Regular fire use is well documented from about 800 ka ago and has often been assumed up to 1 Ma earlier. At 50 ka we're dealing with the last Neanderthals shortly before their demise and contemporary to fully modern Sapiens.
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