posted on Feb, 14 2005 @ 11:10 AM
First of all, don't know if this is the right place to post it. Moderators feel free to move/delete this post as fit.
Yesterday I talked to a biologist during a conference: a genius, he can't be called otherwise. We were talking about human evolutions, races, etc.
Then he mentioned these mysterious Guanches, the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands. They were mostly wiped out by the Spanish
Conquistadores during the XV century, after putting up an extremely fierce resistance. Some of them lingered on, as slaves or servants, but the
original bloodline has been lost forever.
He told me that, after seeing Guanches mummies and skulls in a Tenerife museum, he immediately said: "these are Cro-Magnons, purebred Cro-Magnons".
He then went on to describe me minutely how he worked this out by the shape of the eyesockets, the dome of the skull, the cheeckbones, etc.
Contemporary accounts say that the Guanches were fair-skinned, light haired and very tall (much taller than the contemporary Spaniards). Similar
physical characters can be seen in the few pure-breed Berbers of North Africa. Their resolution and fighting prowess were well known to the
Conquistadores (fierce fighters themselves) and much feared and completely different from that of Aztecs or Incas. They had an incredibly
sophisticated and alien civilization, with strange and fierce rituals.
If anyone can provide me with more informations on the topic, I'll be grateful. Thanks.