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From: Vincent Vizachero <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Lost Jewish tribe 'found in Zimbabwe'
Date: Sun, 7 Mar 2010 17:45:09 -0500
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Hello, Mr. Strawman. Nice to meet you.

The real facts are that the CMH is present in the Lemba at a frequency
far in excess of what is observed in neighboring tribes, but at a
frequency consistent with what is observed in modern Jewish
populations. Thomas et al. never claimed that ALL Lemba have the CMH,
so your "analysis" doesn't really add much to the discussion.

In fact, the Thomas et al. study found that the Lemba have shared
ancestry with non-Jewish African populations (e.g. Bantu), with Jewish
non-African populations (e.g. Ashkenazim and Sephardim), AND with non-
Jewish non-African populations (e.g. Muslim Yemeni).

In short, the DNA is wholly consistent with the Lemba "origin story"
in which a small group of Jewish men from the Near East found there
way to Africa.

No stretching required.

VV

On Mar 7, 2010, at 7:26 AM, Anatole Klyosov wrote:

> Obviously, to call the Lemba haplotypes the "Cohen haplotype" is a
> huge stretch.


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