Bruce Fenton's presentation of the into Africa theory challenges longstanding presuppositions in paleontology about the geographic diffusion of humans and their hominid ancestors. Through a clear as crystal exploration of the dating of the fossil record, Fenton constructs his case with lapidary precision. From existing research, Fenton reinterprets anomalies in the labyrinthine timeline of hominid evolution that suggest a new pattern in the diffusion of early hominids out of Africa and later hominids into Africa. Fenton's case beckons every reader intrigued by the origins of humanity to take a closer look at the preconceptions underlying the firmly established out of Africa theory for homo sapiens. Well worth reading and thinking about for a long time to come. Highly recommended - five stars for such a clear-cut case for a fundamental theory that may reshape the scientific understanding of human evolution. - Michael Carmichael
The Forgotten Exodus is a timely, thought-provoking and extremely useful little book by Bruce Fenton. And while it is not the only, or even the first, book to propose an "out-of-Australia" evolutionary origin for anatomically modern humans, it is by far the best. Indeed, it has the potential - although I cannot promise that this potential will be fulfilled - to rewrite history. Fenton's arguments, and the impressive body of evidence he has assembled, fly in the face of the very powerful - and for the most part uncontested and unexamined - scientific consensus that Homo sapiens evolved exclusively within the African continent and spread outwards from there within the last 70,000 years or so. Unquestioning acceptance of this "out-of-Africa" reference frame is to be found everywhere in the relevant scientific literature. - Graham Hancock
When Graham Hancock, one of the foremost unconventional thinkers regarding humanity's past, writes the forward of your book, that in itself impresses me. This book delves into the origin of the first human beings on Earth. What you will read in these pages is not what you have been taught in school or in many other public formats. Fully researched, Bruce Fenton provides an irresistible argument - at the very least - and compelling evidence to the origin of Man. Buy it. Read it. Rethink. You will not be disappointed. - Brian
Very clearly and logically written. The best thing about this book is its impressive set of references. They are all taken from accepted and trusted authorities and scientific research. What the author has done here is to look at the proper research already done and point to where it actually leads, without preconception. A game-changer. - Pindalep
I loved the suggestions for homo sapiens evolution contained in this book. It brings together a lot of recent science in exploring the interbreeding of humans with Neanderthals and Denisovans in a way that no other author has done. Indeed it presents a challenge to the long standing dogma of the Out of Africa hypothesis. This makes our history much more understandable - albeit complex - than the status quo. - P. Boudreau
This theory seems to clear up questions I have always had about human evolution.
It's been my observation that academics tend to latch on to a theory and are unwilling to entertain any evidence that doesn't fit their preconceived notions. - Floyd Stoneman Earhart
Read this book for a contrast to the 'Out of Africa' concept of Sapien domination. Very well researched, conceptually accurate. A good read. - Gee-oh
Brilliant book with an astonishing amount of verifiable research. Clearly presented, and riveting reading. As an aside, in perusing comments adjacent to other review scores. - C. Gurin
On the one side, we have academics highlighting the astonishing fossil record of China with multiple sites now producing modern human fossils aged between 80 - 120 thousand years, or older. Several extremely ancient fossil finds in China, including Dali, Maba and Jinniushan, place archaic Homo sapiens in this region up to 260,000 years ago.
On the other side, we have scientists pointing to Africa's impressive fossil record with its evidence of potential ancestors going back around 6 million years. The evidence of extreme genetic diversity among Africans and the discovery of 300,000-year-old archaic Homo sapiens fossils in Morocco tends to further support the idea that humans came out from Africa.
We can understand why both sides are so sure of their positions, and why the debate continues. While leading academics focussed on their own agendas, they overlooked significant evidence.
Between the two poles of Out of Africa and Out of Asia Theory, exists a 'Middle Way'. The Forgotten Exodus: The Into Africa Theory of Human Evolution, reveals that within the known fossil record, the current genetic studies and recent paleoclimate models there is compelling evidence for a superior theory of human origins, representing a paradigm displacement.
The Into Africa Theory does not dispute the evidence placing the earliest hominins in Africa.However, it does not agree with the consensus view that Homo sapiens emerged there first and later migrated to Eurasia.
The Into Africa Theory recognises the extraordinary evidence for critical stages in our development occurring in East and Southeast Asia. It is abundantly clear that as a new concerted effort to gather and evaluate fossil evidence begins in earnest we see astonishing new discoveries.
The Into Africa Theorydisputes the claims of Out of Africa and Out of Asia(or Europe) adherents over the starting point for the migration which populated Eurasia approximately 60,000 years ago and identifies the actual location.
Amazing facts that you will encounter:
-Homo heidelbergensis was not ancestral to modern humans
-Denisovan fossils in Siberia carried DNAfrom Australian Aboriginals
-An Indonesian supervolcano brought about the end for multiple hominin species
-Climate catastrophe locked humans in Africa from 73,000 to 59,000 years ago
-There is no African fossil DNA over 10,000 years in age
-While supposedly isolated, Aboriginal Australians interbred with Denisovans 44,000 years ago
You will gain access to a long-forgotten conversation involving the famous evolutionary scientists Allan Wilson and Rebecca Cann, in which they admitted that their data suggested Aboriginal Australians were ancestral to all modern humans.
Learn why the appearance of the haplogroups foundational to Eurasians, L3 and CT, had to come from a population incursion rather than an in-situ mutation.
Explore the cutting-edge scientific findings of 2016 and 2017 alongside a broad range of anomalies long suppressed or ignored in academic circles.
The Forgotten Exodus' author Bruce R. Fenton began his journey towards a new understanding of human origins after an expedition to a mysterious megalithic complex in the Ecuadorian Amazon. The Information Systems professional and lifelong scholar of ancient cultures, found himself tracing the threads of the human story across six continents and through 6,000,000 years of history.
You will come away with a unique view of humanity and a sense of excitement for revelations still set to arrive. This book reminds all of us that we have a collective ability to overcome enormous obstacles.