Where did we come from?
Conventional thought for the past 70 years or so has been that people crossed over to the Americas via a land bridge at the Bering Straits and a glacial corridor down through Canada.Read more
#1 Feb 15, 2013
The Solutrean Hypothesis -- what's not to love? The land bridge/ice-free corridor idea, as sweet as it is, is unsupportable. And what little evidence there is (and there is only very little), geographically, is chronologically backward. What we are seeing here is an appalling, laughable, even mockable heresy gaining more and more traction. It will run over the old idea (because it is true), and all the old stick-in-the-mud Republican types will be spitting and sputtering their ways into obscurity. Let's let a little light in on this and watch it thrive.
#2 Feb 15, 2013
I've always felt that it didn't fully come together. Is there some other proposal that you've begun to relate with?
Love to hear some intelligent debate about this.
#3 Feb 16, 2013
Where did 'WE' come from?
The LoneRanger & Tonto are riding down into a box canyon. At the far end, the LoneRanger notices an army of Comanche Indians, in full war-paint, frowning down from the cliff walls at him.
Turning to his left he notices a great number of very mad looking Arapaho Indians staring down.
On his right he observes a host of Cherokee Indians peering at him over the rim of the canyon.
Looking behind, he sees every Apache brave in the world slowly creeping into the canyon, blocking the exit.
The LoneRanger turns to Tonto and says, "We're in a heap of trouble, Tonto!"
Tonto's nervous reply, "What's this 'we' shit, white man?"
If I can remind the person who wrote the headline, the people who make up the vast majority of the population of the modern Americas are not the descendants of the folks who first populated America.'We' has nothing to do with it, and to suggest it does is offensive to all those who lost their lives in the centuries-long genocide that began when Europeans first came to the Americas.
#4 Feb 16, 2013
With all due respect, I think we all know the "What you mean 'we'?" joke. Jay Silverheels is one of early television's overlooked comics. And further with all due respect only a cretin wouldn't understand that Anglos (in the broadest, non-Indian sense) are not the descendants of the people who first settled the United States (with some notable exceptions if you buy the Solutrean Hypothesis). But as the land bridge from Asia hypothesis loses its air what do we do with DNA evidence that points straight to Siberia? How do we reconcile the obvious earliest migration into North America -- jolly Solutrean jack tars -- with the lack of any defining DNA characteristics in present-day Native Americans? Also, their beret-wearing habits. If the Solutrean migrants wore jaunty berets, why don't present day Sioux or Iriquois have any record of that distinct look? You can ask the same question about the accordion. In southern France and northern Spain stone-age accordions (also made of stone) have been found intact at several sites. They are larger than the contemporary instrument -- about the size of a Buick -- which may have hampered their portability. And yet they are not as sweet to the ear as the Alpenhorn, which is truly an instrument created by a lunatic for lunatics. All you can do is keep the home fires burning and hope for the best, right?
#5 Feb 17, 2013
And he means it, too.
#6 Feb 17, 2013
He means it.
Port Moody, Canada
#8 Oct 13, 2013
clovis are siberian ,pre-clovis are paleo indians,olmecs are african interraced asiatic.all those i just mentioned ALL CAME FROM ASIA NOT EUROPE!the berring strait is in ASIA NOT EUROPE!
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