Modern humans evolved in Africa more than 150,000 years ago. Since then, we have spread across the world, occupying every continent and living in conditions that range from deserts to tropical rainforests. But many important questions remain about this dispersal process. When did humans first reach the different parts of the world? What routes did they take? And how did they adapt to the environments and other species they found along the way?

This website explores those questions by focusing on one central region: the Indian subcontinent. It is part of an ongoing project, sponsored by the British Academy, titled Out of Africa, Into South Asia: Building a collaborative understanding of the earliest humans in India. This project brings together a team of archaeologists, environmental scientists and geneticists working in both India and the United Kingdom.

Please use the links at the top of the page to view more information about our project and team, as well as our research into the timing and nature of early modern human dispersals in South Asia. We will be updating this website with our latest findings as the project progresses, and have provided a page of links to other sites if you would like more information about human dispersals.

© 2013 Michael Haslam (University of Oxford) and Ravi Korisettar (Karnatak University)