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From: "Daniel Jenkins" <>
Subject: Re: Mt. Toba [was Re: [DNA] Steve Olson's theories on common ancestry]
Date: Mon, 25 Jul 2005 12:34:38 +0000
Lately I read Jared Diamonds " Guns, Germs and Steel " and have puzzled over
, just how people crossed over the Wallace line into New Guinea/Aus. over
60,000 years ago. I can't picture a purpose driven event , whereas contolled
navigation would not have occurred then. I harbor a theory that by
observation people discovered that tree trunks float and somehow were able
to connect many trees or bamboo together and set up floating rafts in the
riverways and shores of Indonesia, as many villagers do today. Then
possibly a huge weather event such as a typhoon coupled with an El Nino
period broke a few of these rafts loose and propelled them accross the final
50 miles or so of open water . There are no predominating ocean currents
that could have assisted. Just my own theory.
>From: (David Faux)
>Subject: Re: Mt. Toba [was Re: [DNA] Steve Olson's theories on common
>Date: Sun, 24 Jul 2005 17:34:20 +0000
>The dating is a bit puzzling.
>Mt. Toba in Sumatra erupted 74,000 years ago. As far as I know the dating
>on this has been firmly established. The ash from Toba blanketed all of
>the Indian Sub-Continent. In the words of Oppenheimer in "The Real Eve",
>there was a "broad extinction zone between East and West Asia" which is
>reflected in the genetic record. He has modern humans reaching Papua, New
>Guinea just before the eruption of Toba (and so out of harms way), and the
>arrival in Australia at about 65,000 years ago.
>I don't quite understand the India to Australia statement below in
>Science. I would thnk they mean to say New Guinea to Australia.
>I believe that Oppenheimer is writing a new book which will hopefully
>clarify things. For now the book that gets taken off my shelves more than
>any other (with the exception of "The Surnames of Shetland") is "The Real
>Eve", which is, at over 400 pages, probably the most comprehensive book on
>the genetic record of humankind (with a lot of archaeology tossed in) yet
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>" There was an early offshoot, leading ultimately to the settlement
> > of
> > the Near East and Europe, but the main dispersal from India to Australia
> > approximately 65,000 years ago was rapid, most likely taking only a few
> > years".
> > =====
> > Ann Turner
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