Re: Out of E.Asia II

JamShreeve (
31 Oct 1995 17:19:15 -0500

I am puzzled by your contention that your "Out of Asia" theory better fits
the evidence than Out of Africa. The best record for a transition from an
erectus-grade form to modern Homo sapiens is in Africa and the Middle
East; there are no early moderns in Southeast Asia that I know of before
60,000 years at most; and the genetic evidence, even without the robust
version of "Eve," still consistently favors an African origin over other
regions. Admittedly, there may be some evidence of regional continuity in
east Asia, though it is certainly disputed (less so in Michigan!). But in
any case, that doesn't mean we've got evidence of eastern hordes sweeping
over the west.