The Out of Africa hypothesis (also called the African Replacement hypothesis) proposes that Homo sapiens arose in Africa and evolved there for several hundred thousand years. Then, some 85,000 years ago, a small band of Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa and populated the remainder of the world. Based on this hypothesis, what predictions would you make about worldwide human variation in mtDNA?

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The Out of Africa hypothesis (also called the African Replacement
hypothesis) proposes that Homo sapiens arose in Africa and evolved
there for several hundred thousand years. Then, some 85,000 years
ago, a small band of Homo sapiens migrated out of Africa and
populated the remainder of the world. Based on this hypothesis, what
predictions would you make about worldwide human variation in
mtDNA?

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