28 November 2007

Is the multiple wave theory dead?

A recent genetic study claims that native Americans are all descendants of a single group from Siberia. While this in itself would seem plausible, I don't see how it can be sqaured with the linguistic evidence of multiple migrations. Native American languages are famous for being so different from one another--differences that are hard to account for within a 10,000 year time frame.

4 comments:

Glen said...

Wait a second. If they descended from Siberia, how can they still be called Native Americans? From now on, they should be called Siberian-Americans.

Karlo said...

Sounds like an idea. And most of us so-called Europeans (except a few Basques and remaining Neanderthaals) are actually transplanted Middle Easterners.

Glen said...

Transplanted middle easterners? I didn't know this.

Karlo said...

Aren't most of the genetic lines in Europe fairly recently from the Middle East? I think I read something along those lines in Sykes' book The Seven Daughters of Eve.