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Topic: This is remarkable

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: San Diego
Date: 08/25/2008

I think it will really connect with anyone who enjoyed the archaeological/ethnological aspects of Darwin's Radio and particularly Darwin's Children.


It's a little subtle on the surface, and you can 'play the movie' of the multimedia just by pushing a button. The trick of it is to go step by step, and click the book (also climate) icon each time.

Then you get a fascinating and deep story of the migration of human beings from their origins to present times, as read by two types of non-interchanging and thus mostly stable DNA. That's explained, also. Another aspect constructing the story, and used very carefully in at least one circumstance, is the climate patterns.

So it brings physical and biological archaeology together, and as a very rich story, which is -- fascinating.

There's more on the site which I could only for time reasons begin to explore.

Regards in the community,

Re: This is remarkable

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/01/2008

A fascinating site. The timelines and migrations make sense in a general way--but I'm very concerned with how long, in human terms, 160,000 years actually is. My guess (and it's only that) is that migrations of different peoples through all of these routes, and others, might have occured many, many times, with many variations and differing levels of success. The human fossil record is notoriously spotty and incomplete, and we're still at the early stages of genetic population analysis. But that is certainly not a majority point of view now.

Re: This is remarkable

From: patrick
Date: 09/04/2008

Really? Given how cantankerous creatures (and particularly humans) are, I'm inclined to agree with your idea.

Re: This is remarkable

From: Greg Bear
Date: 09/04/2008

Ah, I fondly remember Clovis... We're both surprising and cantankerous, and it's interesting how people dead for tens of thousands of years can see into the future, and rearrange their behaviors to frustrate scientists! I'm sure there's a cartoon panel in that idea somewhere.

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