posted on Dec, 4 2005 @ 10:21 AM
Originally posted by dave_54
Isn't that assuming the original migrants all spoke one language? I thought at least two, possibly three or more distinct, mitochondrial DNA
histories have been found in Native Americans.
No, actually this theory DOES take into account a couple of things: that there were three to four huge migrations (where a whole "nation" moved over
a period of time) and a long sequence of small groups coming across the very easy to cross Bering Strait... and on the opposite side, that a few made
it across from Europe during the ice ages.
If you look at the map above, the most recent languages (the Athabaskan) overlay a broad area... but the OLDEST languages are isolated pockets among
the blankets of other languages. These oldest languages share common roots, but may be incomprehensible to other subgroups.
The Chumash language, for instance, has six distinct and different sublanguages. Speakers of any sublanguage can NOT understand the other
sublanguages. This is another indication of a very old language and a very old people.
[quote This would suggest the migrants originally came from more than one Asian location and thus would most likely have differing original languages.
It is believed there were multiple migration events over time, with some, but not all, of the earlier peoples dying out and the later migrants carved
out their own niche in the Americas.
Exactly! "Yes" to both points.