They begrudgingly accepted a migration from North Africa to the Middle East and then a follow-on migration from the Middle East to Europe because the stop-over in the Middle East would have modified the “Negroid” association.
But with evidence of DIRECT migration from “Nubia” to Europe their worldview is in a tailspin.
Now this group slowly loses it’s African relationship as it gets further away from Egypt in time and distance (it’s apparent origin point) as it picks up more Eurasian ancestry.
By the time it reaches Francthi the ancestry appears to be mainly Eurasian in origin, with one Y chromosome tracing back to Egypt, and it’s very much something only noticed at a low level in a few of the crania.
Even an independent Chinese discovery seems unlikely. Domestication of Eurasian cattle is dating to the same era as goats and sheep (about 11,000 years now).
Bearing in mind that it seems to take about 1,500 years for cattle to show a physical change and that they spread pretty rapidly, there should have been fully domesticated African cattle all as far as West Africa by 7,500 years ago, but this didn’t happen, and you see domesticated cattle turning up with the Asian sheep and goats.
Most entertaining was the constant misuse of L Angels observation that early Neolithic southern European crania show a slight similarity to sub-Saharan crania.
Now this is entirely correct, if you understand the population movements in North Africa you know a mixed Eurasian and African population expanded into Syria.
Anyway, they won’t allow me to access my accounts financiial details on line, and when asked to provide my billing info for the last year (a reasonable request and I’m pretty sure I’m legally entitled to see it) they sent me the last two statements (the buggered up ones) but omitted to send the three I’d actually asked for (Jan, Apr and Jun ’08). Anyway, today, found slid down the back of my hallway box seat I found the June electricity statement which shows me ‘being in debit since January.’ I’ve had a word with the local post office, and apparently they do keep a record of cash payments made through them (thank god I use the same place every time) and we’re getting hold of our bank details to prove our direct debits have been used to pay the entire bill (we paid cash whenever it went over what the pre-payment covered- I’m not mad, the husband remembers it too, even if BG swear blind we never did). Filed under: diary entry | Tags: diary | I hate this time of year.
Let this be a lesson to everyone; always pay bills by cheque and keep the statements/bills for at least a year. So essentially British Gas are trying to scam us out of about £600. Once I’ve got this sorted out we are swapping over to a bloody pre-payment meter with another company for both gas and electric. I always get one cold after another and end up feeling like crap around my anniversary (been with the old man 22 years tomorrow).
I’ve been looking up Afro Asiatic languages and ascertaining their location and dating from the technology and animals seen. there are just too many words for camel for it to be more than 2,200 years old. Domesticated camels only appear in North West Africa pretty late in the day, about 2,100 years ago. I’m guessing there was an expansion from one tribe that overtook all the others, although I suspect the root of the Berber language arrived with the Neolithic, same as the Egyptian, from Asia with the Neolithic. Edit: Interesting to see that Berber is grouped with Semitic and Egyptians by Ehret (Boreafrasian).