Subject: Re: how did the chicken cross the ocean from Asia? From: Duncan CraigClick here to go one level up in the directory.
Date: 1997/05/08 Message-ID: <337203C3.email@example.com> Newsgroups: sci.archaeology,sci.archaeology.mesoamerican, sci.bio.misc,sci.anthropology,sci.agriculture Hello, With your interest in Genetics and Archaeology, perhaps you are familiar with recent findings of geneticists working in the emerging field of Forensic Archaeology. For instance, Dr. Rebecca Cann, who in a recent edition of Civilization magazine, said: "Archaeologists kept saying it was impossible, that it was just a story people told, but by doing a very fine analysis of DNA, we've seen that there is in fact one very common cosmopolitan lineage thats spread throughout the Pacific, which could only have happened if people were in constant physical contact." Or a collaborating view given by Dr. E. Hagelberg of Oxford, "A previously characterized Asian specific mitochondrial DNA length mutation has been detected in DNA isolated from prehistoric human bones from Polynesia, including Hawaii." Or recent studies from Emory University published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, "The prescence of Group B deletion haplotypes in East Asian and Native American populations, but their absence in Siberians raises the possibility that Haplogroup B could represent a migratory event distinct from the one(s) which brought groups A,C and D mt(DNA)s to the Americas." So viewing the populating of the Americas solely in terms of the "Land Bridge Theory" may tell only part of the story. One might ask where this theory was first postulated. If I may overburden you with one final quote, Brian Fagan, in his book, "Kingdoms of Gold, Kingdoms of Jade", tells us, "It was a Jesuit missionary, Jose de Acosta, who first argued that the Native Americans came from Asia. 'It was entirely possible', he wrote in 1589, 'that American Indians had followed the exotic beasts across Asia to the New World at least 2000 years before Cortes gazed on Tenochtitlan.' There were, he said, 'only short stretches of navigation'...a remarkable statement considering that the Bering strait was only discovered in 1725." ------------------------------------------------------------- Duncan Scott Craig (firstname.lastname@example.org) I don't worry 'bout a thing, 'cause I know nothin's gonna be allright. Mose Allison _________________________________________________________________