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originally posted by: Byrd
originally posted by: sapien82
a reply to: Byrd
I recently watched a documentary on the very subject of genetics and empires, and they used ghengis khan as an example in that through his domination of Eurasia his genetic make up exists in large proportion of modern males today , this was then traced back further to a man called adam in the africas whos DNA exists to this day in modern humans .
Through conquering Ghengis ensured his DNA would rule
A good example, I think, and these mummies were "recent" (New Kingdom and later.) One thought that occurred to me was that Egyptians did trade with other areas and had military expeditions all over the Mediterranean. So Egyptian genes should show up in the Mediterranean areas and probably into Europe and other areas you might think were less likely.
I haven't had the energy to go through the DNA migration data and I'm not sure how much of it exists. I do know that it's a complex pattern. I should probably find a decent site and go through that. For some reason, archaeology seems more coherent than DNA.
I should remedy that and learn more.
Archaeologically, sites in the Fayum show influences (around 6,000 BC and earlier) from the Fayum and bones from an early deposit show that the woman was apparently related to sub-Saharan Africans (this would be determined by the shape of the eye sockets (most likely to preserve in cranial material) and possibly some of the nose (ditto). Sometime towards the beginning of the first unification of Egypt, cultures from the south (Upper Egypt) take over Lower Egypt (the area of the Mediterranean) and a main power center at Abydos which began as and remained the most sacred site in ancient Egypt.
originally posted by: Spider879
but apart form this we do have very early spread of Afrisan genes and language going back to the late Mesolithic and early Neolithic into the Levant and up to the Zargos mts where both petered out.
Spread of Afrisan language group
East African genetic stuff E1b1b that also petered out by the Zargos mts.