Followup to “New Species Discovered – What Would James Think?”

After the discovery of the Denisova hominid announced in 2010, I commented on how James may have reacted to the news in a blog posting, “New Species Discovered – What Would James Churchward Think?.”

New information has emerged that indicates that the Denisova hominid shares DNA with Homo Sapiens. Scientific American relates in an article entitled, “New DNA Analysis Shows Ancient Humans Interbred with Denisovans” that DNA analysis has shown that human separated from the Denisovans between 700,000 and 170,000 years ago and the species interbred with each other. Another curious conclusion:

Yet contemporary residents of mainland Asia do not seem to posses Denisovian traces in their DNA, a “very curious” fact, Hawks says. “We’re looking at a very interesting population scenario”—one that does not jibe entirely with what we thought we knew about how waves modern human populations migrated into and through Asia and out to Oceania’s islands. This new genetic evidence might indicate that perhaps an early wave of humans moved through Asia, mixed with Denisovans and then relocated to the islands—to be replaced in Asia by later waves of human migrants from Africa. “It’s not totally obvious that that works really well with what we know about the diversity of Asians and Australians,” Hawks says. But further genetic analysis and study should help to clarify these early migrations.

These findings change what we know about how populations moved across the globe.
Maybe James theories are not quite so silly after all, given the information and technology of his time.

Jack Churchward
Clearwater, Florida

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