MNN's 2009 photos of the year - The dawn of humanity
MNN's 2009 photos of the year
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The dawn of humanity
A bushman from the Khomani San community stands on a dry pan in the Southern Kalahari desert on Oct. 15 in the Kalahari, South Africa. One of the largest studies of African genetics by an international team from the University of Pennsylvania revealed that the San of Southern Africa are the most genetically diverse on earth, and that the San homeland could be the spot where modern humanity began.