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The Bantu expansion took a rainforest route

A recent linguistic study found that early Bantu speakers crossed through the dense Central African Rainforest 4,000 years ago

The study used novel computational approaches and linguistic data from more than 400 Bantu languages to reconstruct the historic migration routes. The project was a collaboration between scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Bantu man and women working the fields near Kismayo in Somalia. © public domain
Aus linguistischen Daten rekonstruierte Bantu-Migrationen. Der Ausgangspunkt ist mit einem Stern gekennzeichnet, die Hauptknoten sind nummeriert (1-3), und die Ursprünge der Hauptkladen (0-23) sind jeweils farbig markiert. © Michelle O'Reilly