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Study points to larger role of Asian ancestors in evolution (challenging "Out of Africa" theory)
AFP (Yahoo!) ^ | Tue Aug 7, 8:10 AM

Posted on 08/07/2007 8:51:06 AM PDT by GeorgeKant

CHICAGO (AFP) - A new analysis of the dental fossils of human ancestors suggests that Asian populations played a larger role than Africans in colonizing Europe millions of years ago, said a study released Monday.

The findings challenge the prevailing "Out of Africa" theory, which holds that anatomically modern man first arose from one point in Africa and fanned out to conquer the globe, and bolsters the notion that Homo sapiens evolved from different populations in different parts of the globe.

The "Out of Africa" scenario has been underpinned since 1987 by genetic studies based mainly on the rate of mutations in mitochondrial DNA, a cell material inherited from the maternal line of ancestry.

But for this study, European researchers opted to study the tooth fossil record of modern man's ancestors because of their high component of genetic expression.

The investigators examined the shapes of more than 5,000 teeth from human ancestors from Africa, Asia and Europe dating back millions of years.

They found that European teeth had more Asian features than African ones.

They also noted that the continuity of the Eurasian dental pattern from the Early Pleistocene until the appearance of Upper Pleistocene Neanderthals suggests that the evolutionary courses of the Eurasian and African continents were relatively independent for a long period.

"The history of human populations in Eurasia may not have been the result of a few high-impact replacement waves of dispersals from Africa, but a much more complex puzzle of dispersals and contacts among populations within and outside continents," the researchers wrote.

"In the light of these results, we propose that Asia has played an important role in the colonization of Europe, and that future studies on this issue are obliged to pay serious attention to the 'unknown' continent."

The paper was written by researchers at Spain's national center for research into human evolution in Burgos and appears in the journal of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; african; asian; blacks; china; crevo; dna; europe; evolution; godsgravesglyphs; origins; outofafrica; prehistory; tianyuancave

1 posted on 08/07/2007 8:51:09 AM PDT by GeorgeKant
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To: blam; SunkenCiv

Ping!


2 posted on 08/07/2007 8:56:53 AM PDT by Red Badger (All I know about Minnesota, I learned from Garrison Keilor.............)
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To: GeorgeKant

Maybe they came “Out of Africa” went to Asia, didn’t like the food and went west for some beer & brats............


3 posted on 08/07/2007 8:59:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (All I know about Minnesota, I learned from Garrison Keilor.............)
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To: GeorgeKant
This shows one possible explanation:

Journey of Mankind

4 posted on 08/07/2007 9:03:21 AM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: GeorgeKant

Everyone outside Africa are more closer related to themselves that they are to anyone in Africa.


5 posted on 08/07/2007 10:05:07 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: GeorgeKant
The Orang Asli in Malaysia have the oldest DNA in the world.
6 posted on 08/07/2007 10:10:05 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Coyoteman
Atlas Of The Human Journey
(Click on the dates at the top of the article)
7 posted on 08/07/2007 10:12:40 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: GeorgeKant

YEC INTREP


8 posted on 08/07/2007 10:31:05 AM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: Red Badger; blam; FairOpinion; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 24Karet; ...
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9 posted on 08/07/2007 10:51:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, August 6, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Bucky Fuller vindicated?

He maintained for years that man originated in southeast Asia.


10 posted on 08/07/2007 10:58:43 AM PDT by djf (Bush's legacy: Way more worried about Iraqs borders than our own!!! A once great nation... sad...)
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To: djf

...not to mention Milton Wolpoff.


11 posted on 08/07/2007 11:11:18 AM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: djf

Well, if it were Linus Pauling... ;’)


12 posted on 08/07/2007 11:13:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, August 6, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Pharmboy

Race and Human Evolution: A Fatal Attraction Race and Human Evolution:
A Fatal Attraction

by Milford Wolpoff
and Rachel Caspari
hardcover


13 posted on 08/07/2007 11:43:03 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, August 6, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: blam

One of the problems that I have had with the Out Of Africa theory is the statistical distribution of remnant cultures: IE Negritos in Asia, Bushmen, and the Egypto-Hametic Language. If you plot them on a map it seems that things flow into Africa rather than out.


14 posted on 08/07/2007 2:05:01 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: SunkenCiv; blam

Yes—he’s been a voice in the wilderness on this one. Basically, he follows the thoughts of the U of Penn’s late, great Carleton Coon on the multiregional hypothesis. It always made so much sense to me (and I think to blam as well).

My daughter at U Mich will be taking an anthro course that Wolpoff’s teaching in the fall.


15 posted on 08/07/2007 2:16:17 PM PDT by Pharmboy ("Liberals love humanity but hate people" Dick Armey)
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To: Little Bill
"One of the problems that I have had with the Out Of Africa theory is the statistical distribution of remnant cultures: IE Negritos in Asia, Bushmen, and the Egypto-Hametic Language. If you plot them on a map it seems that things flow into Africa rather than out."

The idea is not unique. Some think we came out of Africa, made some changes and went back. The counter argument is that the most diverse genes are in Africa because we originated there. IMO, it's much more complicated than that.

16 posted on 08/07/2007 2:35:23 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: SunkenCiv; Pharmboy
Race and Human Evolution. I have that book. It's a good read. Wolpoff explains the riddle of the Neanderthal - Modern Human DNA.
17 posted on 08/07/2007 2:38:11 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Pharmboy
Yes—he’s been a voice in the wilderness on this one. Basically, he follows the thoughts of the U of Penn’s late, great Carleton Coon on the multiregional hypothesis. It always made so much sense to me (and I think to blam as well).

My evolution prof was a follower of Coon, and I have almost all of his books. Some things still seem to make sense to me in that approach. The DNA seems to be headed in a different direction so far.

My daughter at U Mich will be taking an anthro course that Wolpoff’s teaching in the fall.

Cool!

18 posted on 08/07/2007 2:38:38 PM PDT by Coyoteman (Religious belief does not constitute scientific evidence, nor does it convey scientific knowledge.)
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To: GeorgeKant
First Europeans Came From Asia, Not Africa, Tooth Study Suggests

Article from The National Geographic, better written and more detail.

19 posted on 08/07/2007 4:25:23 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Pharmboy

well, according to Wolpoff and Caspari...

http://www.human-nature.com/nibbs/02/wolpoff.html


20 posted on 08/07/2007 8:33:45 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, August 7, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Thanks for the ping, SunkenCiv.

Note to self - read later.


21 posted on 08/08/2007 4:55:31 AM PDT by indcons
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To: indcons

:’)


22 posted on 08/08/2007 6:14:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, August 7, 2007. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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23 posted on 02/07/2013 5:37:36 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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