How the Makgadikgadi wins the race for the Cradle of Humankind

The Pans are the remains of Lake Makgadikgadi. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
The Pans are the remains of Lake Makgadikgadi. PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The trending conclusions of the Aussie-South African research team may have the fault of depending on a singular line of argument – in this case genetics, and particularly DNA of the female chromosomes – to make far-reaching inferences.

However, what is heart-warming is that their research is real science and the proposed location offers much weightier possibilities than the ‘Lost City of the Kalahari’ in the van De Post fables.

What is reassuring, therefore, is that the conclusion can be confirmed or refuted by science. I posit that the debate will occupy academia for another 20 years before it subsides. Their method did not need them to set foot in the Makgadikgadi as their genetics data utilised blood samples from existing populations in neighbouring South Africa and Namibia. 

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