Re: Are all blacks descended from whites?

JamShreeve (
11 Nov 1995 10:36:21 -0500

Perhaps it is not fair to comment having not seen the London Times article
or Dr. Gilbert's original paper, but the idea of inferring population
origins and movements from the biochemistry of a single anatomical trait
like skin pigmentation seems ludicrous. Especially since there is no
fossil evidence whatsoever for an emergence of H.s.s. "in northern
latitudes" around 100,000 years ago. Unless I am missing something (and I
just four years writing a book on this stuff; The Neandertal Enigma,
William Morrow 1995) the earliest modern human fossils are in Africa and
the Middle East, and the best record for a transition from archaic H.
sapiens is in Africa.