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Theory of American migration reviewed

Posted on Friday, 2 March, 2012 | Comment icon 49 comments | News tip by: bigtroutak


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

New evidence has being found indicating America was populated far earlier than previously thought.

The research has suggested that Stone Age Europeans migrated to what is now North America 22,000 years ago. Chief among that evidence is a rediscovered tapered stone blade, first discovered in the waters of Chesapeake Bay in 1970. Scientists rejected this idea in 1999, but now an archaeologist at England’s University of Exeter has published work that suggests that this blade may be the key to revealing the migratory path of Europe's Stone Age ancestors.

"When the crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck in 1970, another oddity dropped out of the net: a dark, tapered stone blade, nearly eight inches long and still sharp."

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Comment icon #40 Posted by cormac mac airt on 13 July, 2012, 4:50
Whenever I read a statement that says there is no genetic evidence for any origin, other than an Asiatic one, for American Indians; I cringe. Read this article: http://dnaconsultant...n_the_Cherokee/ Secondly; when i hear that there is no linguistic evidence of pre-Columbian European migration; I ask "When did they invent the time machine that preserved all the extinct languages in North and South America?". Indeed is it certain that all extant languages in "the new world" have been recorded and analysed with an eye towards Indo-European commonality? Semetic? Anything at all, other than common... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by DieChecker on 13 July, 2012, 6:00
There are actually at least a few factors that could have been involved: 1) There may be (given the time span involved) genetic drift in regards to cranial structure as it relates to new environmental and resource factors/adaptation. 2) There is also the possibility that one could be dealing with a population that went extinct for any number of environmental and/or cultural reasons. There is at least one known case of such. This case involves a recovery in British Columbia that has been dated to ~ 5000 BP and was of haplogroup M, a group not currently represented in indigenous populations of t... [More]
Comment icon #42 Posted by Paracelse on 13 July, 2012, 8:00
Found this link today, I've no idea how relevant it is to this article but hey .. didn't feel like starting a new thread read it here
Comment icon #43 Posted by Swede on 13 July, 2012, 22:08
What do you think of this article Swede? Spearheads and DNA Point to a Second Founding Society in North America The more recent Paisley Caves recoveries have been the subject of a number of studies in the last few years, and are proving to be quite interesting in regards to further revising the "Clovis first" hypothesis. The genetic studies of the Paisley Caves recoveries published by Gilbert, et. al. (2008) indicate hapolgroups A2 and B2. This would be consistent with known Amerindian hapolgroups of Asian origin. As for the potential for two relatively closely spaced southern movements by rep... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Swede on 13 July, 2012, 22:21
Pre-Columbian contact with Europe is an established fact. Thanks Only in the case of the short lived L'Anse aux Meadows site (Viking), circa 1000 BP. .
Comment icon #45 Posted by Dragonwind on 31 July, 2012, 8:43
Read this article: http://dnaconsultant...n_the_Cherokee/ In the article it is stated 'No such mix could have resulted from post-1492 European gene flow into the Cherokee Nation' but doesn't really explain explain why. It discusses the origin of several haplo groups from the middle east but not how they prove it is pre-colombus.
Comment icon #46 Posted by Quake Storm Maverick 66er on 10 August, 2012, 21:19
The Cherokee people are thought by some anthropologists and cryptoscientists to be descendants of the Solutreans, or an ancient race to connected previous peoples in ancient history: the Shilla of Korean origins may traveled the globe in all 5 continents leaving unknown low-trace numbers of descendants, and some of the Shilla landed on the Pacific Coasts of North America such as California or Oregon. And the tendency for many Cherokees not only resemble many "proto"- Caucasians & "proto"- East Asians without any interracial mixture in the individuals' family record (a rarity among the high... [More]
Comment icon #47 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 11 August, 2012, 11:13
As far as i understand that studies of genetic markers in different populations and then trying to figure who migrated from where and who ended up where is a relative study based on comparing populations from different geographical regions...........but without trying to account for the cultural and relationship models of different groups of people the spread/appearance of these genetic markers can not used as decisive statistical proof for anything.........i think it is a developing science and will take quite some amount of researching and cataloging of the various markers in our DNA all aro... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by Abramelin on 11 August, 2012, 20:01
As far as i understand that studies of genetic markers in different populations and then trying to figure who migrated from where and who ended up where is a relative study based on comparing populations from different geographical regions...........but without trying to account for the cultural and relationship models of different groups of people the spread/appearance of these genetic markers can not used as decisive statistical proof for anything.........i think it is a developing science and will take quite some amount of researching and cataloging of the various markers in our DNA all aro... [More]
Comment icon #49 Posted by Harsh86_Patel on 11 August, 2012, 20:36
That means we should consider any resemblances between these cultures as nothing but coincidental and based on nothing else but available ways to build large structures (like any heap of large stones will always end up looking like a pyramid) and available ways to work stone and wood. We are all related, we all have the same capabilities, nearly exactly the same DNA, the same wiring of the brain, and so we all will eventually invent similar ways to do things. All cars have the same basic design; a Buick will not suddenly take off into the air and fly to the moon while a Toyota or a Lada cannot... [More]


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