Re: 'Out of Africa' still only a theory?!?!?

Richard Spear (
Thu, 05 Oct 1995 02:47:40 GMT

I'm glad that this thread has not died as I was bemused by something
that Holloway posted last week. He refered to the bottleneck evident
in either interpretation of AMH origins and posited that even a one
million year entry (via erectus) left too few generations to populate
the regions later populated by moderns (did I get that right?). I've
played with the numbers and used rather small growth rates (0.001,
e.g.) and these still yield extremely large pops by (let's say)
100,000 years ago.

Could someone explain the significance of a one million year old
bottleneck to me?

Thanks, Richard