Back in the '70s, researchers using mathematical calculations came up with the idea that recent human evolution — within the last 250,000 years, or since the emergence of modern man — was likely governed by selective sweeps. During a sweep, an adaptation would emerge and quickly spread throughout the population, driving evolution and leaving behind traces in the human genome. Some studies of selective sweeps, in humans and other organisms, suggest that they underlie much of human evolution.

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