“Could it be that people from Asia came back to Africa and brought their genes and ideas with them?” – Forbes
In this paradigm busting book, Fenton “constructs his case with lapidary precision” (Michael Carmichael, Anthropologist & Historian of Science) as he offers a revised story of Homo sapiens emergence and early migrations based on cutting edge discoveries and previously unresolved anomalies.
At the heart of this book is a tantalizing scientific mystery centered on two of the world’s most famous evolutionary scientists, Professors Allan Wilson and Rebecca Cann. These are two names synonymous with the establishment of the molecular clock, African Eve hypothesis and the recent out of Africa theory. Less well known is the fact that their research of mitochondrial DNA revealed evidence suggesting that Homo sapiens emerged from a band of Homo erectus present in Australia around 400,000 years ago.
“So, what’s the possibility – I mean, it seems too far out I admit, but I want to explore it more – that while erectus was muddling along in the rest of the world a few erectus had got to Australia and did something dramatically different – maybe not with stone tools – and that that’s where sapiens evolved and then got back to the rest of the world.” – Prof Allan Wilson(The Monkey Puzzle, 1982)
Bruce Fenton convincingly argues that we need to rethink the very fundamentals of the human origin story in terms of key geographical locations, environmental factors and hominin inter-breeding events. Could it be that we are seeing a paradigm displacement underway in our own lifetimes?
A major advance in our understanding of human origins, The Forgotten Exodus rethinks the way that our species came to prominence, spectacularly reversing the movements and homelands of our distant ancestors and their ‘kissing cousins’ the Neanderthals and Denisovans. This is a book that dares to question some of the most popular assumptions in anthropology.
“Indeed, it has the potential – although I cannot promise that this potential will be fulfilled – to rewrite history.” – Graham Hancock, bestselling author of Fingerprints of the Gods