Re: Origins

Gil Hardwick (
Wed, 10 May 1995 02:46:15 GMT

In article <3oiqro$>, Phil Nicholls ( writes:
>It is believed that blood groups A and B were absent from the
>aboriginal populations of North and South America. In South America
>and the southern part of North America the gene for A is found at
>a frequency of 0.05 of less while the gene for B is 0.05 or less
>throughout North and South America except for the coastal areas
>of Australia. By contrast, the frequency of the O allele in South
>America and the southern part of North America is between 0.95 and
>1.0. There is an interesting pocket in Central West United States
>in which the frequency of A reaches 0.05-0.15 and I believe it may
>be attributed to a later movement from siberia.
>Source: Mourant, A.E. (1954) Distribution of Human Blood Groups
> Blackwell, Oxford.

I hope you are going to submit your account for research assistance,
Phillip. Stimulating the interest of undergraduates in your profession
is one thing.

Doing their homework for them is quite another thing altogether.

Don't let me distract you. Merely ask yourself, how come all these
crud computer programmers are making so much money, while the job
prospects for highly educated research anthropologists have rarely
been at such a low ebb.