Now that the entire world is locating the home of the early man was in Africa, does it confirm what scientists hypothesized that early man lived somewhere In Kenya. In fact northern Kenya has been often cited as the location of the Biblical Garden of Eden.
Talking of the unveiling of the remains of the early man fossil in Nairobi, the Chinese News agency Xinhua writes: “Believed to be 3.5 million years old, the remains of Australopithecus afarensis, had earlier been discovered in Tanzania and Ethiopia while their discovery in Kenya could reinforce its famed status as a cradle for mankind.”
And Dr Emma Mbua, an Associate Research Scientist at the National Museums of Kenya said discovery of remains of the early human species marked a critical milestone in paleontology. “We now have scientific evidence to prove that Kenya remains the cradle of man and urge the government to gazette the fossil site where remains of Australopithecus were discovered.”
Xinhua adds, “Discovery of remains of the earliest man near the Kenyan capital, Nairobi could position the country as a hub for archeological tourism.
“Hints of an early exodus of modern humans from Africa may have been detected in living humans,” says one report. “People outside Africa overwhelmingly trace their descent to a group that left the continent 60,000 years ago.
Analysis of nearly 500 human genomes appears to have turned up the weak signal of an earlier migration. But the results suggest this early wave of Homo sapiens all but vanished.
Writing in Nature, scientists Luca Pagani, Mait and Metspalu describe hints of this pioneer group in their analysis of DNA in people from the Oceanian nation of Papua New Guinea. After evolving in Africa 200,000 years ago, modern humans are thought to have crossed through Egypt into the Arabian Peninsula some 60,000 years ago.
Until now, genetic evidence has shown that today’s non-Africans could trace their origins to this fateful dispersal. Yet we hadn’t known for some time that groups of modern humans made forays outside their “homeland” before 60,000 years ago.
Fossilized remains found at the Qafzeh and Es Skhul caves in Israel had been dated to between 120,000 and 90,000 years ago. Then in 2015, scientists working in Daoxian, south China, reported the discovery of modern human teeth dating to at least 80,000 years ago.
An additional piece of evidence recently came from traces of Homo sapiens DNA in a female Neanderthal from Siberia’s Altai Mountains. The analysis suggested that modern humans and Neanderthals had begun mixing around 100,000 years ago — presumably outside Africa.
In order to reconcile this evidence with the genetic data from living populations, the prevailing view advanced by scientists was of a wave of pioneer settlement that ended in extinction.”
In view of this increasing interest, the Turkana County has said it will unveil the remains of the famous Turkana Boy. Paleoanthropologists have estimated that the boy was between 9 and 12 years and was 5ft 1 Inch (1.6m) tall at the time of his death If the Turkana boy had grown to maturity, he may have grown to 1.84m tall.