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How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:11 am
by circumspice
Boy, this irritates the crap outta me. Here we go again... This article, while interesting, seems to ignore west to east migration in the Americas. Sure, there are significant speed bumps in the road along the way... e.g. the Rockies, the Grand Canyon, the Mississippi River, various deserts, etc. But why does their diffusion map show NO latitudinal migration at all? That map makes it seem like ALL migrations in the Americas dispersed on a North/South axis, with no migrations occurring on an East/West axis.

http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php ... an-culture

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:32 am
by War Arrow
Hmmm. See what you mean.

Maybe people arrived in the East by circling the globe seven or eight times in a longitudinal direction until they ended up wherever they wanted to go.

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:52 pm
by Minimalist
Perhaps all those Clovis and pre-Clovis sites on the East Coast are figments of our imagination?

And, how could I miss pointing out that there is no reason why Asians could not have coasted to the Americas in the same way Dennis Stanford has proposed for the Solutrean hypothesis ( and with a lot less distance!). Why walk when you can sail?

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 12:52 pm
by kbs2244
The winds and currents would blow the boats in an East-West direction over open water but in a North or South direction along the coast.

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:19 pm
by Minimalist
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The north pacific current could do a lot of work.

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 3:36 pm
by Digit
Why walk when you can sail?
It's a good thing RS isn't here as I would go as far as to suggest that man's migration only got going after he developed water craft.
I should be remembered, I think, that Africa has some very large lakes, ideal proving grounds for seamanship.

Roy.

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Tue Oct 25, 2011 11:17 pm
by Minimalist
Had even more of them when the Sahara was a grassland as opposed to a desert, too.

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 2:08 am
by Digit
And shell fish don't fight back! The shore lines would have been a happy hunting ground.
OOA or into Africa would have meant water craft, most likely developed on those lake and rivers.

Roy.

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:35 pm
by Minimalist
Did you ever wonder what the first guy to eat a lobster was thinking?

"Wow - I'll bet that's great with melted butter."

Re: How continents shaped human culture

PostPosted: Wed Oct 26, 2011 4:46 pm
by Digit
Or perhaps, 'where did I leave the tin opener'?

Roy.