Humans are currently found throughout the world; in permanent settlements on all continents except Antarctica and on most habitable islands in all of the oceans. All available evidence suggests that humans originated in Africa.
Anatomically modern Homo sapiens populations are known from the Middle East as long as 100,000 years ago, from east Asia as long as 67,000 years ago, and southern Australia as long as 60,000 years ago. European Homo sapiens fossils are known from 35,000 years ago. Homo sapiens populations were once thought to have colonized the New World approximately 11 to 13,000 years ago, but recent research indicates earlier dates of colonization. This is an area of active research.
Biogeographic Regions: nearctic (Native ); palearctic (Native ); oriental (Native ); ethiopian (Native ); neotropical (Native ); australian (Native ); oceanic islands (Native )
Other Geographic Terms: cosmopolitan