Did the Earliest Human Relatives Originate in Asia and Not Africa?

Reports Jennifer Viegas in Discovery News:

The ancestors of humans, apes and monkeys evolved first in Asia before moving on to Africa, suggests a new fossil find from Myanmar.

Remains of a newly found primate, Afrasia djijidae, show this monkey-like animal lived 37 million years ago and was a likely ancestor of anthropoids — the group including humans, apes and monkeys.

“Many people have heard about the ‘Out of Africa’ story of human origins and human evolution,” said Christopher Beard, a Carnegie Museum of Natural History vertebrate paleontologist who co-authored a study about the fossil find in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Our paper is the logical precursor to that, because we are showing how the anthropoid ancestors of humans made their way ‘Into Africa’ in the first place.”…

Read More: Discovery News

  • howiebledsoe

    Those monkeys are now burning in eternal hellfire for disproving the creation theory.

    • JohnFrancisBittrich

      It’s kind of a “tree falling in the woods” situation, isn’t it? If scientists can prove there is no “missing link”, but no creationists read about it, is said missing link still condemned?

  • http://twitter.com/mattstaggs Matt Staggs

    I’m surprised that this isn’t a bigger topic of conversation than it is. It rewrites much of what we know about human origins.

    • Jin The Ninja

       agreed. but there have been so many interesting evolutionary discoveries in s. e. asia – i am sure the full picture is not yet apparent.

  • Anarchy Pony

    Interesting, but more data will be needed before anything concrete can be established.

  • Calypso_1

    Nonsense, human beings obviously originated in Branson, Missouri.

  • DeepCough

    The Sun rises in the East, so I guess it’s only natural for evolution to have started there.


    I don’t think this will come to anything more than speculation.

    Recently a Chinese scientist set out to prove that Chinese evolved seperatley form everyone else from Peking Man in northern China BUT his studies proved  that all of the thousands of people did actually originitae in East Africa before moving through South Asia to China some 100,000 years ago.

    Search “The Black Chinese: DNA test” on youtube for the video