Dr C discusses recent claims that the mother of every person alive on earth today lived in southern Africa, in what is now a vast desert. He points out several critical assumptions behind the conclusions and a couple of errors made by the researchers as they attempted to pinpoint the geographic location of the earliest humans.
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