Originally Posted by kitten_Val
"The ancestors of Neanderthals left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago." (per article) So yes, strictly speaking we are all from Africa in some sense.
With all this genetic research I find it to be quite interesting what they find (in general).
It is even more interesting - and complicated - because there was a mass extinction event only 70,000 years ago, due to a massive volcanic eruption in Indonesia, and estimates are that only between 2,000 and 10,000 humans survived, with them being located in a handful of "pockets". So, we today are all descended from those very few survivors - who may or may not be genetically representative of the majority of humans that existed before. Interestingly, it is believed by some that the only surviving pockets of humans were in Africa...