DISCLAIMER: This article is being kept online for historical purposes. Though accurate at last review, it is no longer being updated. The page may contain broken links or outdated information.
Human migration and population analysis
Santos, Fabrício R. Departamento de Biologia Geral, Instituto de Ciências Biológicas, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
Tyler-Smith, Chris Human Evolution Team, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
- Population analysis
- Lineage and genomic analysis
- DNA history of the first journey to the New World
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
Before Christopher Columbus's famous voyage in 1492 and the beginning of modern transoceanic journeys, humans had established themselves on all habitable continents. This initial settlement of the continents by Homo sapiens originated approximately 200,000 years ago in Africa, and humans further dispersed into Eurasia, Oceania, and the Americas in the last 100,000 years. Those populations that still live in the same continent that their ancestors inhabited prior to 1492 are today referred to as indigenous or aboriginal populations. Thus, Europeans (for example, Basques and Germans) are indigenous or aboriginal populations of Europe, Africans (for example, San and Pygmies) are indigenous populations of Africa, and Native Americans are indigenous populations of the Americas. However, there are scant historical records of the origins of most of these populations, and, in any case, these records do not go back before 5000 years ago. Therefore, the prehistory of indigenous populations can only be deduced and reconstructed from vestiges investigated by different scientific disciplines.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8700 articles covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information