Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations

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Our friends at Abroad in the Yard wrote an interesting article back in December 2011 about Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations.

As you’re probably aware, the migration of people, their ethnicity and how they came to be where they are today is hotly debated among people who are not warm and friendly, at least not to each other.  There are into and out of Africa theories.  There are debates about the origins of the Aboriginal people of Australia, and there are several debates about the arrival of the Native Americans from Asia.

One of the questions about Native Americans is whether there was one wave or more.  Another question is whether or not the people who populated South America had a different genesis from those who populated North America.  It’s widely accepted that the people who populated North American, at least, arrived via the Bering Strait, although these is still some question about some arrivals from the east, from Europe, via Greenland.  But assuming the Beringia migration path, were these the only people to populate South America?   Were other Asians, Africans, Australians or Patagonians involved?  Did seafaring people settle parts of South America before the Indians arrived?

Looking at the pictures of these people and where they live today is quite interesting, especially when looking at the progression of migration and how their phenotype changes, or doesn’t.  In other words, how they resemble each other and their closest neighbors.

So take a look for yourself.  What do you think?

8 thoughts on “Modern Faces and Ancient Migrations

  1. I have been questioning these set migration paths and associated dates myself. I had my mtDNA done with Genebase, who leave you with data and wisely allow you to draw your own historical conclusions. However, from Irish mythology there seem to be many waves of “invaders” coming into Ireland from the Norse areas. While you take mythology with a grain of salt, it is based on something, somewhere. Also, some of the data makes no sense, so there have to be other explanations. We are talking pre-history here. Why the obsession with one interpretation? Why can’t we keep an open mind. With better science in 100 years time, we could be looking back on today’s methodology and laughing.

    That said, it still disturbs me that people are arguing alternatives as they don’t want to accept there is one family of man. However, it doesn’t surprise me at all.

  2. Hi Roberta

    Lee Rimmer here, author of the original post on Abroad in the Yard. Delighted that your readers are reading and sharing it. It was inspired by Dr Spencer Wells’ The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey. He visited a tribe of San Bushmen in Namibia who, as you will know, carry the most divergent (i.e. oldest) Y-haplogroups in the world. He said that looking at the faces of this small group was like looking at a blueprint for all of the populations on the planet.

    It’s speculative rather than scientific, but of all the posts I’ve done it was the most enjoyable to put together – glad you found it!

  3. Hi Roberta ,
    I was very interested in your latest post . There are two books by Australian author Rex Gilroy , namely ” Giants From The Dreamtime ” and “Pyramids In the Pacific The Unwritten History of Australia . His theory is that Homo Erectus travelled by land bridges from Asia to Australia and that Homo Sapiens evolved in Asia and Australia as well as in Africa . This seems a giant leap , but why should Homo Sapiens have only evolved in Africa when the progenitor was present in other areas .

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