Recent discoveries of fossils in Africa have reduced the date of appearance of our species, Homo sapiens, to about 300,000 years. From this ancient origin, human beings have spread throughout the continent, before populating the rest of the planet. At the mercy of the climatic and environmental changes which mark the period, the populations moved and diversified on the biological level (various genetic traits, pigmentations, statures ...) and cultural diversity (techniques, diets, languages ...). The astonishing human diversity visible today in Africa is the result of a long history, made of multiple migrations, interactions, adaptations and innovations. By giving the floor to the geneticists and prehistorians of the Anthropology Unit of the University of Geneva, the exhibition will tell you about human history on the African continent.
This exhibition is organized by the Anthropology Unit of the Department of Genetics and Evolution. It will also be presented at the Museum of Geneva from September 28, 2019 to January 19, 2020.