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Barry's words should be chiseled in granite and memorized by every person by
the age of seven.

We all share the same ancestry.

Orion



At 01:48 PM 7/2/2003 +0100, Barry Bishop <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>As no one else has replied to this I thought I would throw my tuppence worth
>in!
>I'm not sure what this Neolithic Haplogroup G* means, nor do I know much
>about linguistic theory, (although I suspect that the major
>weakness of the theory lies in attempts to 'pin' the postulated 'tree' on to
>some form of chronological framework), and I do not what to get involved in
>any invasion/migration/transmission-of-culture/population replacement type
>debates, as life is too short.
>However, as regards to tracing ancestors: as the number of anyone's
>ancestors
>increases exponentially as you go back through the generations, after a
>relatively short
>time, say a couple of thousand years, the theoretical number of your
>ancestors would be greater than the sum total of everyone who has ever
>lived. Although this is evidently not the case, and many of your ancestors
>would share common ancestors, it is nevertheless true that you, and everyone
>else on the planet, are very likely to be a direct descendant of virtually
>everybody on the planet who lived more than one or two thousand years ago,
>whose genes have been transmitted down to the present. It is
>probably safe to claim direct descendancy from any of these 'Celtic'
>speaking peoples, any other population of Indo-European speakers, or indeed
>any other group
>on the planet for that matter. I hope this isn't disappointing as such, the
>wonderfulness of such concepts is that they demonstrate that racism, any
>notions of genetic superiority or nationalism based on ideas about generic
>inheritance are clearly ridiculous.
>Barry
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