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June 8, 2005

10,000 years ago, a tribe of 70 Asians became the first Americans


Back around the year 8000 B.C. an Asian community of about 9,000 people existed in what is now Northern China.

For reasons we will (probably) never know, a small group of about 70 of them, likely one tribe, broke away and set out across the unknown territory to the east.

They crossed the Bering Strait land bridge, which at the time connected Asia to the Americas, and founded the first settlements in what was to them a new world.

The first immigrants must have been of singular boldness to have made such a decision.

In fact, it must have an equally bold group of Africans many tens of thousands of years earlier who decided to leave their native country and venture north and east, out of Africa.

Jody Hey, an evolutionary geneticist, used complex mathematical models fueled with nine genetic sequences common to both Native Americans and northern Asians to draw the conclusions above, published online this month in the journal PLOS (Public Library of Science) Biology.

Here's a link to the full article.

Here's one to a synopsis of it.

Goethe wrote, "In boldness lies genius."

If so, then we are all the descendants of singular, great women and men.

Where has this immensity of soul and spirit gone?

June 8, 2005 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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