Discovery of Stone Tools Suggest Early Escape

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  1. Please be careful about using words like “escape” to describe migrations of humans from Africa. Using these words associates negative connotations with Africa, the homeland of human evolution. It seems like these kinds of phrasings, “escape” and “got out of Africa,” have been increasing. Nicholas Wade, the NYTimes reporter, is a prime offender. As Robert N. Proctor put it: “I call this ‘Out-of-Africa: Thank God!’ to point to the presumption that hominids became human in the process of leaving Africa–a slight that seems always unintentional, yet is surprisingly common” (in “Three Roots of Human Recency,” Current Anthropology 2003:225).

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