From "What Remains to be Discovered" by John Maddox, 1998.
"Other questions about the origin of the human population also cry out for attention.  That the
earliest hominids evolved in Africa seems beyond dispute (although common ancestors of the
hominids and the great apes have been identified mostly in Central Asia)."

From The Urantia Book, 1955.

61.6.16  PRIMITIVE MAN IN THE ICE AGE The great event of this glacial period was the
evolution of primitive man. Slightly to the west of India, on land now under water and among
the offspring of Asiatic migrants of the older North American lemur types, the dawn mammals
suddenly appeared. These small animals walked mostly on their hind legs, and they
possessed large brains in proportion to their size and in comparison with the brains of other
animals. In the seventieth generation of this order of life a new and higher group of animals
suddenly differentiated. These new mid-mammals — almost twice the size and height of their
ancestors and possessing proportionately increased brain power — had only well established
themselves when the Primates, the third vital mutation, suddenly appeared. (At this same time,
a retrograde development within the mid-mammal stock gave origin to the simian ancestry; and
from that day to this the human branch has gone forward by progressive evolution, while the
simian tribes have remained stationary or have actually retrogressed.)

64.1.3  These Andonites avoided the forests in contrast with the habits of their nonhuman
relatives. In the forests man has always deteriorated; human evolution has made progress
only in the open and in the higher latitudes. The cold and hunger of the open lands stimulate
action, invention, and resourcefulness. While these Andonic tribes were developing the
pioneers of the present human race amidst the hardships and privations of these rugged
northern climes, their backward cousins were luxuriating in the southern tropical forests of the
land of their early common origin.

64.3.4  To the east of the Badonan peoples, in the Siwalik hills of northern India, may be found
fossils that approach nearer to transition types between man and the various prehuman
groups than any others on earth.

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