In any case, here's a pdf copy (and another) of the Balter piece, as well as a podcast in which he talks about "the growing evidence that North Africa was the original home of the modern humans who first trekked out of the continent".
Here is another spooky date coincidence with our new 142ka forefather:
During the past 2 years, the dates have gotten even older. In 2009, Barton and Abdeljalil Bouzouggar of the National Institute of Archaeological and Heritage Sciences in Rabat reported OSL dates of at least 110,000 years from the Aterian siteof Dar es-Soltan in Morocco; and in a new volume edited by Garcea, the team reportssimilarly old dates from three other Moroccan caves. Then in September, TL dates of about 145,000 years were reported for Ifrin’Ammar in Morocco. “The Aterian goes back at least 145,000 years,” Stringer says.“That’s an incredible length of time.”
PS: This is probably also a good place to remind readers of the story of Kiffians and Tenerians. Methinks that the Kiffians may have been some of the last unadmixed indigenous descendants of the ancestral Saharan population during its latest Holocene wet phase; these late hunter-gatherers were eventually replaced by the tide of farmers on both sides of the Sahara, but perhaps some of their genes live on in NW Africa.