[Marxism] Where Did White People Come From? » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names
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Fri Feb 7 14:06:42 MST 2014
Last month the Guardian reported that a team of scientists studying
early homo sapiens in Europe had extracted DNA from the tooth of a male
hunter-gatherer who’d lived in what is now the Asturias region of
northern Spain around 7000 years ago. They drew some surprising
conclusions from the analysis. The man was dark-skinned but blue-eyed.
His nearest DNA matches with contemporary ethnicities are with Swedes
and Finns, among the palest of peoples.
Scholars had earlier argued that blue eyes had appeared as the result of
a genetic mutation somewhere between 10,000 and 6000 years ago. (Before
that all humans had brown eyes.) But until a few years ago most supposed
that the appearance of white skin had occurred much earlier. The
European gene pool with its light complexion was supposed to have
decisively “split off” from the (also light-skinned) East Asian gene
pool by around 50,000 years ago, after which homo sapiens first appeared
in Europe, then in China.
But this timeline may need to be adjusted. It now looks like European
whiteness may have appeared much more recently. Maybe there were no
“white people” in Europe as recently as 7000 years ago, during the
lifetime of the blue-eyed hunter-gatherer, whom the Guardian article
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