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Earliest African DNA Reveals Population Shifts Over 50,000 Years Ago

Six human remains of African foragers who lived about 18,000 to 5,000 years ago are the source of the earliest DNA dataset from the continent to date. DNA samples from these remains have now been analyzed in an interdisciplinary study that revealed about 50,000 years ago, people from different regions of the continent moved and settled in other areas and developed social networks over longer distances to trade, communicate and mate.