Skip to comments.Many roads lead to Asia (Denisovans, migrations, etc.)
Posted on 09/26/2011 2:55:29 PM PDT by decimon
Contrary to what was previously assumed, modern humans may have populated Asia in more than 1 migration wave
The discovery by Russian archaeologists of the remains of an extinct prehistoric human during the excavation of Denisova Cave in Southern Siberia in 2008 was nothing short of a scientific sensation. The sequencing of the nuclear genome taken from an over 30,000-year-old finger bone revealed that Denisova man was neither a Neanderthal nor modern human, but a new form of hominin. Minute traces of the Denisova genome are still found in some individuals living today. The comparisons of the DNA of modern humans and prehistoric human species provide new indications of how human populations settled in Asia over 44,000 years ago.
As scientists from Harvard Medical School in Boston (USA) and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig have discovered, the Denisova hominin passed on genetic material not only to populations that live in New Guinea today, but also to Australian aborigines and population groups in the Philippines. David Reich, professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, says: "The Denisovan DNA is comparable to a medical contrast agent that can be used to make a person's blood vessels visible. It has such a high recognition value that even small volumes can be detected in individuals. Therefore, we were able to track down Denisovan DNA in human dispersals. The sequencing of prehistoric DNA is an important tool for researching human evolution." The scientists have discovered that, contrary to the information available up to now, modern humans possibly populated Asia in at least two migration waves. According to David Reich, the original inhabitants who still populate Southeast Asia and Oceania today came from the first migration wave.
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So where did the Chinese peoples come from?
When I was a young buck I studied Chinese. The professors were all older gentlemen who had received their degrees in mainland China before the Reds took over, and they escaped.
They said that until then, most Chinese had a clear tribal identity within the greater Chinese identity. Among the most ancient traditions of the Han was a constant migration to the east. Many have speculated that they were moving away from the gradual desertification of central asia.
I think that's true everywhere.
I’ve noticed that almost all languages outside of Asia are multi-syllable while languages in Asia are tonal. Yet the genetics of Asia indicate a somewhat recent population from Africa, compared to Aborigines and the Middle East. Could the tonal languages be the result of this mysterious third branch of Humanity, just as RH- could be a lingering remnant of Neanderthal?