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Originally posted by Hanslune
An interesting idea, I would suspect they made these over a long period of time and for many different reasons. Sports could certainly be one of those reasons.
I've been to that part of Mexico and that type of face isn't that unusual.
This is just one but if you look for tourist photos of faces in historic Olmec areas you'll get that same squat fat lips asian/native american look.
This is just a passing posting, sorry I don't have more time to comment further.
Originally posted by X-tal_Phusion
reply to post by lostinspace
Why an elephant and not a tapir? These animals are native to South and Central America, as well as Southeast Asia. Elephants simply don't fit the bill.
So these dudes were shipping over to the Americas - ignoring the carribe island and going directly to central American....
Explain why Madascagar was not inhabited until recent times - and first by Indonesians and later by Bantu tribes?
Explain why the coastal islands off the the western shore of Africa were not occupied by man until historic times?
If their was a great martime power in Africa why no sign of them on these island or along their own coasts?
If you had read the replies/sources made earlier you would have read they did not travel directly from Africa to South America, but thru Asia and the South Pacific. They did not make an Atlantic crossing.
This has nothing to do with the Olmec, you're asking a completely irrelevant question.
Their migratory route is well documented, visit those links to understand where they were, and weren't. It's flawed thinking to say "they weren't here, so it's impossible for them to be there."
Olmec and their descendants such as the Mayans have an African Y chromosome. Eurocentric thinking seems to ignore African contribution to ancient history.