OUT OF THE MIDDLE EAST June 12, 2011Posted by wmmbb in Humankind/Planet Earth.
Those islands off the Eurasian landmass were not the centre of things, especially if the theory is confirmed that modern humans originated in Africa.
Of course this is old news. However, it seems that many modern Britons have genetic markers that can be related to modern day Iraq and Iran. David Derbyshire reported for the Mail Online (20 January 2010) quoting Professor Mark Jobling of Leicester Universtiy:
‘In total more than 80 per cent of European men have Y chromosomes which descend from incoming farmers.
‘It seems odd to think that the majority of men in Ireland have fore fathers from the near East and that British people have forefathers from the near East.’
Dr Patricia Balaresque, a co-author of the study, said: ‘This means that more than 80 per cent of European Y chromosomes descend from incoming farmers.’ In contrast, other studies have shown that DNA passed down from mothers to daughters can be traced by to hunter-gatherers in Europe, she said.
‘To us, this suggests a reproductive advantage for farming males over indigenous hunter-gatherer males during the switch from hunting and gathering, to farming – maybe, back then, it was just sexier to be a farmer,’ she said.
Europe was first settled by modern humans around 40,000 years ago. But other types of humans – including Neanderthals – were living in Europe hundreds of thousands of years earlier.
The dramatic maritime Maori settlement of New Zealand, or the settlement of the Pacific more generally, exceeds the incremental settlement of Europe. Despite how we got to where we have gotten, a history worth understanding and telling, we human beings are all the same people, and if we accept that we should extend the principle of kindness to all. And sometimes, as we gather evidence from those around us, sometimes people do, and that usually works out.
The question then becomes why do presumably the respondents to focus groups have such hostility to people fleeing persecution and war.