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  • The people in Israel could easily be our families

    07/26/2014 10:11:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/26/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In her all-out battle with Hamas terrorists, Israel is fighting for the entire civilized world. The Israelis are our side, our family in this war. Call it the “great grandparents” factor: The vast majority of those of us who enjoy the blessings of living in America can trace our good fortune to a decision by our great grandparents to come to America instead of staying where they were or going elsewhere. At the turn of the 20th century, millions of people came to America to build a country and contribute to its greatness. The list of American achievements since then...
  • Today is a Great Day To Remind Democrats of a Fundamental Fact of America's Founding

    07/04/2013 10:22:07 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 10 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 7-4-13 | The Looking Spoon
  • Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone

    02/07/2013 4:04:53 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI - Live Science ^ | 2-7-2013 | Tia Ghose
    Researchers Just Dug Up A Half-Million-Year-Old Human Jawbone Tia Ghose, LiveScienceFebruary, 2013 . An ancient hominin jawbone unearthed in a Serbian cave may be more than half a million years old. Scientists have unearthed a jawbone from an ancient human ancestor in a cave in Serbia. The jawbone, which may have come from an ancient Homo erectus or a primitive-looking Neanderthal precursor, is more than 397,000 years old, and possibly more than 525,000 years old. The fossil, described today (Feb. 6) in the journal PLOS ONE, is the oldest hominin fossil found in this region of Europe, and may change...
  • The Race Game and Obama's Campaign for 2012

    01/31/2011 3:30:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 35 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | January 31, 2011 | Jack Kerwick
    In a word, race promises to play at least as large a role in the next election as it played in the last presidential race. Rest assured, it is on this that Barack Obama and his cronies are counting. For decades now, whites and non-whites have been engaged in a kind of racial game with one another. Like any other game, when played long enough, it becomes a ritual of a sort. But when it becomes ritualistic, there is an imminent danger that it will be forgotten as play and be treated with a deadly seriousness. This is what has...
  • Scientists say new human relative roamed widely in Asia

    12/25/2010 1:48:33 AM PST · by Islander7 · 21 replies · 2+ views
    Star Advertiser ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | MALCOLM RITTER
    NEW YORK — Scientists have recovered the DNA code of a human relative recently discovered in Siberia, and it delivered a surprise: This relative roamed far from the cave that holds its only known remains. By comparing the DNA to that of modern populations, scientists found evidence that these "Denisovans" from more than 30,000 years ago ranged all across Asia. They apparently interbred with the ancestors of people now living in Melanesia, a group of islands northeast of Australia.
  • The Chinese evolved from Indians: Study(along with the Japanese,Koreans and all other east Asians)

    12/11/2009 4:39:58 PM PST · by cold start · 42 replies · 1,887+ views
    DNA ^ | 11th December 2009
    New Delhi: A genetic study has found that Indians are the ancestors of the Chinese and other East Asian populations. The study, a joint project of 10 Asian countries, found that India received a wave of migration from Africa 60,000-70,000 years ago and these early humans subsequently moved to East and Southeast Asia. The earlier belief was that humans from Africa reached India and East and Southeast Asia separately. The study has important implications, especially in the understanding of human migratory patterns and in the investigation of genetics and disease. The findings of the five-year study -- conducted by a...
  • A Darwinist Religious Experience Described

    04/13/2009 8:35:28 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 755+ views
    CEH ^ | April 11, 2009
    A Darwinist Religious Experience Described April 11, 2009 — As millions of Jews just completed Passover, and as millions of Christians gather to celebrate Easter, a Darwinist reporter was experiencing “existential vertigo” – a sweeping sense of dizziness as her imagination zoomed in and out of the implications of her faith. It may be the closest thing that a secular materialist can call a religious experience. And religious experience is an accurate description: it was the outworking of an all-encompassing world view, with ultimate causes, ultimate destinies, moral imperatives, and heavy doses of faith. Amanda Gefter (see her previous attack...
  • Britons Can Trace Australian Ancestors Online

    06/04/2008 4:54:49 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 72+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-4-2008 | Graham Tibbetts
    Britons can trace Australian ancestors online Last Updated: 11:18AM BST 04/06/2008 Sixteen million Britons related to free settlers who colonised Australia will be able to trace their ancestors online from today.AP Records list the Irish ancestors of Nicole Kidman Although often portrayed as a nation of convicts, Australia's early population was largely based on immigrants who voluntarily sailed from Britain in search of a better life. The details of 9 million people who arrived in New South Wales between 1826 and 1922 are to be made available. More than 2 million of them were free settlers from Britain leaving behind...
  • Sorry, but family history really is bunk

    05/08/2008 3:18:15 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 146 replies · 752+ views
    The Spectator ^ | 30th April 2008 | Leo McKinstry
    Leo McKinstry says the current craze for genealogy reflects an unhealthy combination of snobbery and inverse snobbery, and is a poor replacement for national history When I visited the National Archives at Kew last week the place was full of them, scurrying about with their plastic wallets in hand, a look of eager concentration on their faces. It was impossible to escape their busy presence as they whispered noisily to relatives or whooped over the discovery of some new piece of information. These were the followers of one of Britain’s fastest-growing craze, the mania for researching family history. Studying bloodlines...
  • Elephant Ancestors Were Sem-Aquatic

    04/14/2008 7:41:14 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 119+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-15-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Elephant ancestors were semi-aquatic By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 10:01pm BST 14/04/2008 A primitive ancestor of today's elephants grazed in swamps 40 million years ago, according to a study of fossil teeth. The evidence that the ancient relative of today's elephants lived in fresh water is published today by an international team led by an Oxford University scientist. Moeritherium, a 37 million-year-old amphibious relative of elephants The scientists were investigating the lifestyle of the two early elephants - called proboscideans - Moeritherium ('the beast from Lake Moeris') and Barytherium, which looked like a slender version of today's Asian...
  • Today in US history: The Battle of the Washita (1868)

    11/27/2007 10:25:10 AM PST · by drzz · 5 replies · 142+ views
    THE BATTLE OF THE WASHITA (November 27, 1868, Indian territory - modern-day Oklahoma) Gregory F. Michno, ENCYCLOPEDIA of Indian Wars 1850-1890, pages 226-227 "On November 12, 1868 , 11 companies of the 7th Cavalry under Lt. Col. George A. Custer, 3 companies of the 3rd Infantry, 1 of the 5th Infantry, 1 of the 38th Infantry, and about 450 wagons set out from Fort Dodgefor Indian territory to seek out hostile Indians. Across a snow-covered landscape Custer followed Indian trails to a 50-lodge Cheyenne village on the banks of the Washita River. Early on the frigid morning of 27 November,...
  • Human Ancestors: More Gatherers Than Hunters?

    11/13/2007 3:11:20 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 55+ views
    Eureka Alert ^ | 11-12-2007 | Carl Marziali
    Public release date: 12-Nov-2007 Contact: Carl Marziali marziali@usc.edu 213-219-6347 University of Southern California Human ancestors: more gatherers than hunters? Early humans may have dug potato-like foods with tools, say anthropologists from USC, UC San Diego and UW-Madison Chimpanzees crave roots and tubers even when food is plentiful above ground, according to a new study that raises questions about the relative importance of meat for brain evolution. Appearing online the week of Nov. 12 in the early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study documents a novel use of tools by chimps to dig for tubers...
  • Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved In Synch, DNA Reveals

    07/26/2007 12:12:38 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 996+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-23-2007 | Hope Hamashige
    Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved in Synch, DNA Reveals Hope Hamashige for National Geographic News July 23, 2007 The tooth of a mastodon buried beneath Alaska's permafrost for many thousands of years is yielding surprising clues about the history of elephants—and humans. A team of researchers recently extracted DNA from the tooth to put together the first complete mastodon mitochondrial genome. The study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, significantly alters the evolutionary timeline for elephants and their relatives. The research may put to rest a contentious debate by showing that woolly mammoths are more closely related to Asian elephants than...
  • Blame That Morning Sickness On Your Ancient Ancestors

    05/14/2007 4:53:30 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 1,626+ views
    Blame that Morning Sickness on Your Ancient Ancestors Author: Karen Barrow Medically Reviewed On: September 01, 2006 Despite its name, morning sickness—nausea and vomiting that is often one of the first symptoms of pregnancy—can happen at any time of the day. Up to 90 percent of pregnant women experience this less-than-pleasant side effect, yet scientists are only beginning to understand why running to the bathroom and saltines are a rite-of-passage for moms-to-be. Now, new research has shed some light onto morning sickness, and its roots lie in evolution. Researchers from the University of Liverpool suggest that morning sickness may have...
  • These Legs Were Made For Fighting: Human Ancestors Had Short Legs For Combat

    03/12/2007 6:25:00 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies · 1,662+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-12-2007 | University Of Utah
    Source: University of Utah Date: March 12, 2007 These Legs Were Made For Fighting: Human Ancestors Had Short Legs For Combat, Not Just Climbing Science Daily — Ape-like human ancestors known as australopiths maintained short legs for 2 million years because a squat physique and stance helped the males fight over access to females, a University of Utah study concludes. This drawing of a male gorilla skeleton illustrates their very short legs. Male gorillas fight to gain access to reproductively mature females. Relatively short legs increase the stability and strength of great apes, and should therefore increase fighting performance. A...
  • Cherokees eject slave descendants

    03/04/2007 5:53:01 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 126 replies · 2,988+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2007
    Descendancy stems from the 19th Century Dawes Commission lists Members of the Cherokee Nation of native Americans have voted to revoke tribal citizenship for descendants of black slaves the Cherokees once owned.A total of 76.6% voted to amend the tribal constitution to limit citizenship to "blood" tribe members. Supporters said only the Cherokees had the right to determine tribal members. Opponents said the amendment was racist and aimed at preventing those with African-American heritage from gaining tribal revenue and government funding. The Cherokee Nation has 250,000 to 270,000 members, second only to the Navajo. 'Right to vote' The list...
  • Why Altruism Paid Off For Our Ancestors

    12/07/2006 2:24:36 PM PST · by blam · 22 replies · 735+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 12-7-2006 | Richard Fisher
    Why altruism paid off for our ancestors 19:00 07 December 2006 NewScientist.com news service Richard Fisher Humans may have evolved altruistic traits as a result of a cultural “tax” we paid to each other early in our evolution, a new study suggests. The research also changes what we knew about the genetic makeup of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. The origin of human altruism has puzzled evolutionary biologists for many years (see Survival of the nicest). In every society, humans make personal sacrifices for others with no expectation that it will be reciprocated. For example, we donate to charity, or care for...
  • Dental Detectives Reveal Diet If Ancient Human Ancestors

    11/09/2006 4:59:40 PM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 613+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 11-9-2006 | Sean Markey
    Dental Detectives Reveal Diet of Ancient Human Ancestors Sean Markey for National Geographic News November 9, 2006 Paranthropus robustus, a dead-end branch of the early human family tree, has been described as a "chewing machine" that was mostly jaws and not much brains. While the label may still apply, pioneering dental detective work has revealed unexpected news about the species' dietary variety. Using lasers to vaporize tiny particles of tooth enamel, researchers in the United States and Great Britain analyzed the chemical makeup of 1.8-million-year-old fossil teeth from four individuals unearthed in the Swartkrans cave site in South Africa. Different...
  • Early Human Ancestors Walked On The Wild Side

    02/16/2006 10:14:54 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 597+ views
    Eureka Alert - ASU ^ | 2-16-2006 | Garu Schwartz - Skip Derra
    Contact: Skip Derra skip.derra@asu.edu 480-965-4823 Arizona State University Early human ancestors walked on the wild side Tempe, Ariz. -- Arizona State University anthropologist and Institute of Human Origins researcher Gary Schwartz, along with fellow anthropologist Dan Gebo from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, have studied fossil anklebones of some early ancestors of modern humans and discovered that they walked on the wild side. It seems some of our earliest ancestors possessed a rather unsteady stride due to subtle anatomical differences. Schwartz and Gebo's findings will be published in the April 2006 edition of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, but the...
  • Ancient Tools At High Desert Site Go Back 135,000 Years (California)

    11/24/2005 1:02:17 PM PST · by blam · 110 replies · 5,433+ views
    San Bernardino Sun ^ | 11-24-2005 | Chuck Mueller
    Ancient tools at High Desert site go back 135,000 years Chuck Mueller, Staff Writer BARSTOW - In the multicolored hills overlooking the Mojave River Valley, the excavation of stone tools and flakes reveals human activities from the distant past. A new system of geologic dating has confirmed that an alluvial deposit bearing the stone tools and flakes at the Calico archaeological site is about 135,000 years old. But the site could even be older. Calico project director Fred Budinger Jr. said a soil sample, taken at a depth of 17 1/2 feet in one of three master pits at the...
  • Archaeologists Find Western World's Oldest Map (500BC)

    11/17/2005 5:42:59 PM PST · by blam · 37 replies · 1,858+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-18-2005 | Hilary Clarke
    Archaeologists find western world's oldest map By Hilary Clarke in Rome (Filed: 18/11/2005) The oldest map of anywhere in the western world, dating from about 500 BC, has been unearthed in southern Italy. Known as the Soleto Map, the depiction of Apulia, the heel of Italy's "boot", is on a piece of black-glazed terracotta vase about the size of a postage stamp. It was found in a dig led by the Belgian archaeologist Thierry van Compernolle, of Montpellier University, two years ago. But its existence was kept secret until more research was carried out. "The map offers, to date, for...
  • Medieval Ancestors Measured Up To Our Height Standards

    09/19/2005 3:32:59 PM PDT · by blam · 178 replies · 2,941+ views
    The Times/British Archaeology ^ | 9-19-2005 | Norman Hammond
    September 19, 2005 Notebook: Archeology Medieval ancestors measured up to our height standards By Norman Hammond, Archaeology Correspondent OUR ANCESTORS were as tall as we are, contrary to popular belief. Over the past five millennia the average height of men in Britain has remained stable at about 170cm (5ft 7in), and that of women at 160cm (5ft 3in). We may be surprised at how small the armour worn by the Black Prince or King Henry V was, but such giants on the battlefield were not physically large and were towered over by contemporaries of all classes. “The enduring myth that...
  • Faithful Ancestors

    06/17/2005 8:33:25 AM PDT · by blam · 155 replies · 4,058+ views
    Science News Magazine ^ | 6-11-2005 | Bruce Bower
    Faithful AncestorsResearchers debate claims of monogamy for Lucy and her ancient kin Bruce Bower A weird kind of creature strode across the eastern African landscape from around 4 million to 3 million years ago. Known today by the scientific label Australopithecus afarensis, these ancient ancestors of people may have taken the battle of the sexes in a strange direction, for primates at any rate. True, no one can re-create with certainty the court and spark that led to sexual unions between early hominids. Nothing short of a time machine full of scientifically trained paparazzi could manage that trick. All is...
  • Infectious Evolution: Ancient Virus Hit Apes, Not Our Ancestors, In The Genes

    04/02/2005 11:48:39 AM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 1,551+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-5-2005 (issue) | Bruce Bower
    Infectious Evolution: Ancient virus hit apes, not our ancestors, in the genesMarch 5 Bruce Bower A vicious virus infected ancestral chimpanzees and gorillas in Africa between 4 million and 3 million years ago. Not only did it kill a great many of these primates, but it also infiltrated the surviving animals' genomes, altering the course of evolution. That's the picture emerging from a new analysis of modern-primate DNA. Around 1.5 million years ago, this virus of the class called retroviruses also infected ancestors of modern baboons and macaques, two African monkeys, reports geneticist Evan E. Eichler of the University of...
  • The Celestial Maiden

    02/20/2005 9:55:40 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 225+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Feb. 20, 2005 | Clarice Feldman
    When I was a child someone gave me a beautifully illustrated book of children's stories from around the world. My younger sister's favorite was "The Celestial Maiden" and she begged me to read it to her over and over again. In the tale a poor Japanese woman prays for a child. One day she finds a tiny maiden lying on a leaf in her garden. She takes the maiden into her home and cares for her, happy that her prayers have been granted. As nightfall approaches, the maiden reveals that she is a celestial princess who must return home before...
  • A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....01-27-05...On the discovery of the Freeper Archives

    01/27/2005 5:27:48 AM PST · by Billie · 163 replies · 1,618+ views
    LadyX, jwfiv, Billie | written by jwfiv and LadyX
    (4-28-03) Signed - sealed - and delivered, Miss Billie. To you with love - - - Johnny and Maggie On The Discovery of the Freeper Archives by LadyX and jwfiv I t began as a rather ordinary day, our small cubicle just as any other one, kinda cramped and poorly lit, with just enough space for our desks and chairs and computers and supplies, and the requisite bottomless coffee pot. Johnny Mac and I, Maggie Malone, we are - sometime reporters for The Finest Gazette - and we'd been waiting for a new assignment from The Editor, Billie - just...
  • The global future of contract and trust

    01/15/2005 5:21:24 AM PST · by Kitten Festival · 165+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Jan. 14, 2005 | Christopher Chantrill
    If a global society forms during the Twenty-first Century, will it necessarily be a contract society, built upon reciprocal trade and agreement, as many people think? Or could it be constructed upon other principles, for instance the left’s dream of universal sharing, nonviolence, peace, and justice, or the Isalmists’ dream of the world converted to Islam by the will of God and His holy warriors? Or will it be a global bureaucracy, a United Nations writ large, the centralized rule of the international experts? When Sir Henry Maine wrote his famous dictum in Ancient Law that the movement of progressive...
  • Ancestors Of Turks Came To Anatolia In 2000s BC

    08/27/2004 9:18:36 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 886+ views
    Turkish Press ^ | 8-27-2004
    Ancestors Of Turks Came To Anatolia In 2000s B.C. AFP: 8/27/2004 ERZURUM - Various archeological and cultural findings prove that Turks had come to Anatolia around 2000s B.C., Associated Prof. Semih Guneri said on Friday. Prof. Guneri and his team recently unearthed artifacts in excavations in Turkey's eastern provinces of Erzurum and Hakkari. According to experts, steles discovered by Associated Prof. Veli Sevin in Hakkari in the past will shed light on the question of ''When did Turks first come to Anatolia?''. Experts started to discuss this matter when a statue head which was sculpted around 2000s B.C. and was...
  • Remember our fathers: a generation that fought and died without complaint

    08/03/2004 4:32:16 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 417+ views
    The Times ^ | August 4, 2004 | Magnus Linklater
    ON THIS day, 90 years ago, the German cavalry under General Georg von der Marwitz crossed the Belgian border — an invasion which was to mark the point of no return for the bloodiest war of all time. They carried 12ft steel-headed lances, as well as sabres and rifles, and the fearful villagers who watched them referred to them as “Uhlans” — a reference to the Tartar horsemen of past barbarian invasions. Within a day of their advance, the first horrendous slaughter of the First World War had taken place. German troops, attempting to take the city of Liège, were...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Neanderthal Extinction Pieced Together

    01/27/2004 1:31:28 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 87 replies · 8,250+ views
    Discovery Channel ^ | 1/27/04 | Jennifer Viegas
    Jan. 27, 2004 — In a prehistoric battle for survival, Neanderthals had to compete against modern humans and were wiped off the face of the Earth, according to a new study on life in Europe from 60,000 to 25,000 years ago. The findings, compiled by 30 scientists, were based on extensive data from sediment cores, archaeological artifacts such as fossils and tools, radiometric dating, and climate models. The collected information was part of a project known as Stage 3, which refers to the time period analyzed. The number three also seems significant in terms of why the Neanderthals became extinct....
  • Meet The Ancestors

    08/20/2003 4:15:24 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 341+ views
    Daily Post ^ | 8-20-2003 | Mike Hornby
    Meet the ancestors Aug 20 2003 By Mike Hornby, Daily Post Staff AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig in a Cheshire hamlet has emerged as one of Britain's most important excavations ever. Archaeologists working in Poulton, south of Chester, have discovered evidence of human activity dating back 9,000 years.They have unearthed five Bronze Age burial mounds, two Roman buildings and a medieval chapel and cemetery. The series of remarkable discoveries was made during excavations to find the lost Abbey of Poulton which once stood on the site. Archaeologist Mike Emery has run the dig, on farmland bordering the Duke of Westminster's Eaton estate,...
  • Neandertals Not Our Ancestors, DNA Study Suggests (Whewww!!!)

    05/14/2003 10:49:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 1,501+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5/14/03 | Hillary Mayell
    One more piece of evidence has been added to the debate on whether there was any interbreeding between Neandertals and early modern humans. Around 50,000 years ago, small groups of anatomically modern humans migrated out of Africa and began to colonize the rest of the world. Known as Cro-Magnons for the site in France where the earliest remains were found, these early humans co-existed with the Neandertals then living in Europe until the Neandertals became extinct roughly 30,000 years ago. What happened and why—did the two groups war, did they mate, did they even meet?—has been an enduring puzzle...
  • A Few of FR's Finest...Every Day...04-27-03..On The Discovery of the Freeper Archives

    04/28/2003 7:34:59 AM PDT · by Billie · 324 replies · 2,473+ views
    Billie; LadyX; jwfiv | Written by LadyX and jwfiv
    Signed - sealed - and delivered, Miss Billie. To you with love - - - Johnny and Maggie On The Discovery of the Freeper Archives by LadyX and jwfiv It began as a rather ordinary day, our small cubicle just as any other one, kinda cramped and poorly lit, with just enough space for our desks and chairs and computers and supplies, and the requisite bottomless coffee pot. Johnny Mac and I, Maggie Malone, we are - sometime reporters for The Finest Gazette - and we'd been waiting for a new assignment from The Editor, Billie - just 'Billie,'...
  • Rock Art Clue To Nomad Ancestors Of Egyptian Pyramid Builders.

    04/05/2003 5:11:26 PM PST · by blam · 7 replies · 445+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-5-2003 | Tim Radford
    Rock art clue to nomad ancestors of Egyptian pyramid builders Stone age cattle herders left religious imagery which was to re-emerge in Valley of Kings Tim Radford, science editor Saturday April 5, 2003 The Guardian (UK) Rock art etched on cliff walls in the eastern Sahara more than 6,000 years ago could spell out the answer to one of archaeology's great puzzles - where the ancient Egyptians came from. The answer? They were there all the time. The pyramid builders made their first entry in the archaeological record 5,000 years ago. This appearance was so abrupt that it has provoked...
  • India's children of Israel find their roots

    07/22/2002 5:02:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 285+ views
    Times of India ^ | July 22, 2002 | RASHMEE Z AHMED
    LONDON: More than 2,000 years after they first claimed to have set foot in India, the mystery of the world's most obscure Jewish community - the Marathi-speaking Bene Israel - may finally have been solved with genetic carbon-dating revealing they carry the unusual Moses gene that would make them, literally, the original children of Israel. Four years of DNA tests on the 4,000-strong Bene Israel, now mainly based in Mumbai, Pune, Thane and Ahmedabad, indicates they are probable descendants of a small group of hereditary Israelite priests or Cohanim, according to new results exclusively made available to the Sunday Times...