Africa and Human Origins

Ethiopia This Geography Awareness Week, My Wonderful World has been highlighting the many facets of Africa to celebrate its uniquely diverse geography and people.

However, our relationship with Africa begins much further back in history, at the origins of humanity millions of years ago. Fossil and genetic evidence suggests that human history began in the valleys of Ethiopia, called the Cradle of Humanity. Here, paleo-anthropologists discovered the famous early hominid skeleton “Lucy” and, more recently, the world’s oldest fossilized hominid skeleton of a child.

Photograph of Ethiopia by Jodi Cobb/National Geographic Image Collection

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3 thoughts on “Africa and Human Origins

  1. I was in an online forums about 3-4 months ago and the discussion of where man came from was being discussed. Half the people didnt buy that man came from Africa.

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