Community Guidelines

African Origins is a free service meant for researchers with interest in the field of Human Origins and Human Evolution in Africa. Topics addressed on this website may include anything related to this, be it purely scientific, or be it more anecdotal. We hope that without putting clear limits, the users will define the limits without much guidance from the moderators of the site.

Discussion principles

A few guidelines based on respect and common sense:

– Focus on a commenter’s arguments, rather than an assessment of their character.
– Contribute thoughts to the topic at hand, rather than veering discussion off-topic.
– Show eagerness to learn from perspectives of others, rather than simply reminding others of the rightness of your own position.

In order to maintain our community, moderators reserve the right to remove any content and any user account for any reason at any time. Moderators do not preview new posts in any way; the moderators and site operators take no responsibility for any content posted by the community.

Help us make this a great place for discussion by always working to improve the discussion in some way, however small. If you are not sure your post adds to the conversation, think over what you want to say and try again later.

The topics discussed here matter to us, and we want you to act as if they matter to you, too. Be respectful of the topics and the people discussing them, even if you disagree with some of what is being said.

One way to improve the discussion is by discovering ones that are already happening. Please spend some time browsing the topics here before replying or starting your own, and you’ll have a better chance of meeting others who share your interests.

Post Only Your Own Stuff

You may not post anything digital that belongs to someone else without permission. You may not post descriptions of, links to, or methods for stealing someone’s intellectual property (software, video, audio, images), or for breaking any other law.

Terms of Service

Yes, legalese is boring, but we must protect ourselves – and by extension, you and your data – against unfriendly folks. We have a Terms of Service describing your (and our) behavior and rights related to content, privacy, and laws. To use this service, you must agree to abide by these terms.