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    Posted: 28 Jan 2011 at 14:42
There is now some indications the Arabian peninsula played an important role for the spreaad of humans over the planet as we can read here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=middle-eastern-stone-age-tools. It  seems also to have happened earlier.
Not so surprising, since this peninsula are so closely located to Africa, and the route of the narrow strait to Yemen seems to be an obvious candidate for the "door" to the rest of the world, rivalling the northward one over Sinai peninsula. Perhaps some other important founds of remains from early humans and ancestors lie there waiting for future research? When we have in mind this area is the major "corridor"  between  the two large landmasses of Afrika and Eurasia it should be expected.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Zagros Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jan 2011 at 15:14
I don't know what you mean by new, but this has been on National Geographic for the last 6-7 years.
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Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

I don't know what you mean by new, but this has been on National Geographic for the last 6-7 years.
I was unaware of that. Probably the peninsula was very important in the history of early man an ancestors.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Flipper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2011 at 10:58
Tell this story to the extreme right parties of Europe LOL

In any case, this is indeed an old story. Arabia was the first place outside Africa for our ancestors to put a foot on. Maybe Sahara was a hazard for them to take any other way.
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In very very simple terms:

There were two main routes, the first was from the Horn of Africa to Yemen - this was the first migration and consisted of the ancestors of Dravidians and "Austroloids"(for lack of a better word) these people hugged the coastline of of South Asia in their migration which ended in Australia millennia later.  The second was across the Suez into the Middle East, these are ancestors of the Eurasians, West Asians and East Asians.
"There was glory in pissing, Corabb decided as he watched the stream curve out and make that familiar but unique sound as it hit the ground." So true.
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Originally posted by Flipper Flipper wrote:

Tell this story to the extreme right parties of Europe LOL

I have difficulties to see why we should expect them to care. But of course if they say so.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote King Kang of Mu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 Jan 2011 at 11:47
hah, I'm gonna have to repeat my fb entry from few weeks ago. 
 
here is a BBC docu clip covering this part.
 
 
this is the article that brought the theory back to mainstream spotlight recently.
 
Jeffery Rose is the same guy who is mentioned in the article and interviewed in the clip.
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Originally posted by fantasus fantasus wrote:

I have difficulties to see why we should expect them to care. But of course if they say so.


Because they are allergic to anything connected to the Arabian peninsula.
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I really enjoyed everyone's contributions.  Something I haven't seen mentioned anywhere on this forum are creation myths and their impact on early cultures.  Creation myths have gained some recent relevance due to the increasing popularity of the evolution vs creationism debate.  I found this article a few days ago to be very stimulating and it discusses creation myths which are a topic I haven't thought about since college.  Creation myths and the evolution creationist debate I believe have been forgotten when talking heads attempt to validate their claims as to which side of the argument has more validity. 


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Originally posted by Zagros Zagros wrote:

In very very simple terms:
There were two main routes, the first was from the Horn of Africa to Yemen - this was the first migration and consisted of the ancestors of Dravidians and "Austroloids"(for lack of a better word) these people hugged the coastline of of South Asia in their migration which ended in Australia millennia later.  The second was across the Suez into the Middle East, these are ancestors of the Eurasians, West Asians and East Asians.

Classification of Dravidians and Austroloids troubled every antropologist without a doubt. But I'm a bit lack on this issue. Would you point a practical source about this? Because my common sense says this is one of "best theory we could have at this point" kind of theory. It needs very, very but very strong material evidence. A few fossil records are easily disregardable. But evidence by genetic admixture through their spreading ways likely will be considered very strong proofs.

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