The Garden of Eden has been found ... and it’s in Botswana

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The Garden of Eden has been found ... and it’s in Botswana

Our ancestors lived near Makgadikgadi 200,000 years ago, before a 'wobble' in the weather forced them out

Sarah Knapton

The homeland of all humanity was a lush Garden of Eden to the south of the Zambezi river in northern Botswana, a major study of DNA has concluded.

For the first time researchers have traced the maternal genetic lineage of anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens) and found that it most closely resembles that of people living in a small area of southern Africa.

Although it now sits in the Kalahari Desert, the region was once covered by an enormous lake, around which our ancestors thrived for 70,000 years. But a dramatic change to the climate impelled populations to move north...

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