Skip to comments.Does Skull Prove That The First Americans Came From Europe?
Posted on 11/24/2007 11:28:47 AM PST by blam
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Legends describe what happened:
“The water having poured over the land (2km thick ice sheet collapses into the sea),
human dwellings disappeared. The wind carried them away.
They fastened several boats to one another.
The waves traversed the Rocky Mountains.
A great wind drove them.
Presently the moon and the sun disappeared (atmospheric dust, post impact).
Men died of a terrible heat (firestorms post impact).
They also perished in the waves.
Men bewailed what happened.
Uprooted trees floated about in the waves.
Men having fastened boats together trembled with cold.
The above translation is attributed to the native tribe called the Esquimaux of Canada. Just one of hundreds of flood traditions that many scholars have collected.
Also from further south in the Carolinas we have the following very interesting tradition:
“a star fell to the earth, and rain soon followed (oceanic impact, causing vast amounts of water to evaporate).
Days and days of rain quenched the fire.
Great holes burned in the earth by the fire were filled,
forming a great inland sea...
Aboriginal history is not a history of isolation with a local Aboriginal pointing to a painting of an Indonesian prau (boat).
Just another can of worms!
Scientists from Liverpool's John Moores University and Oxford's Research Laboratory of Archaeology have dated the skull to about 13,000 years old, making it 2,000 years older than the previous record for the continent's oldest human remains. However, the most intriguing aspect of the skull is that it is long and narrow and typically Caucasian in appearance, like the heads of white, western Europeans today. Modern-day native Americans, however, have short, wide skulls that are typical of their Mongoloid ancestors who are known to have crossed into America from Asia on an ice-age land bridge that had formed across the Bering Strait.
The extreme age of Peñon woman suggests two scenarios. Either there was a much earlier migration of Caucasian-like people with long, narrow skulls across the Bering Strait and that these people were later replaced by a subsequent migration of Mongoloid people. Alternatively, and more controversially, a group of Stone Age people from Europe made the perilous sea journey across the Atlantic Ocean many thousands of years before Columbus or the Vikings.
Silvia Gonzalez, a Mexican-born archaeologist working at John Moores University and the leader of the research team, accepted yesterday that her discovery lends weight to the highly contentious idea that the first Americans may have actually been Europeans. "At the moment it points to that as being likely. They were definitely not Mongoloid in appearance. They were from somewhere else. As to whether they were European, at this point in time we cannot say 'no'," Dr. Gonzalez said.
Old article, old data.
The Santa Rosa Island skeleton is now dated at 13,400 years. No DNA last I heard.
Long, narrow skulls are not only Caucasian.
The migration of Caucasian-like folks may be Haplogroup X. But they came via Siberia, and are not Europeans or anything close.
Silvia Gonzalez has not produced any DNA last I heard, although I understand she may be submitting some samples shortly (I don't know exactly which samples will be submitted).
There is a lot of speculation about Europeans in the New World before anyone else. Some of this comes from the early estimate Chatters gave to the Kennewick skeleton. That has not been supported by subsequent studies, including Chatters' own studies. Long and narrow, yes; Caucasian, no evidence yet.
Most of this Caucasian in the New World stuff appears to be junk science. I would like to see more evidence and less speculation.
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