This one intrigued me for a number of reasons, but the bottom line here is that a recent study of the Y chromosome in African-American males has led to a rather interesting conclusion:
Now, while I would urge the reader to adopt a heady dose of caution before endorsing the headline's conclusion - "Study of African-American Chromosome Poke(s) Holes in Evolutionary Theory," it is interesting to ponder some of the implications of these particular paragraphs:
"The study focuses on the analysis of a DNA sample that was obtained from an African-American living in South Carolina and submitted to the Genographic Project, a National Geographic effort aimed at mapping human origins and migration. The funny thing about this sample is that it didn’t match up with any of the previously known genetic signatures for the Y chromosome, which is passed down from father to son.
“'Nobody expected to find anything like this,' Hammer said in a news release.
"A team led by Fernando Mendez, a researcher in Hammer’s lab, analyzed more than 240,000 DNA base pairs on the African-American’s Y chromosome. A comparison of the differences between the mystery genetic signature and previously known signatures led the team to conclude that the most recent common ancestor for the entire group lived about 338,000 years ago.
"That goes further back than the fossil record goes for anatomically modern humans, Hammer said. “The fossil record speaks to 195,000 years or 200,000 years,” he said. It also goes further back than the previous date for the most recent common ancestor based on Y-chromosome analysis, which is in the range of 142,000 years."
Now, at best such a finding, if eventually adopted as a chronological benchmark by paleontologists, biologists, and anthropologists, will not be acknowledged as "holes in evolutionary theory" but rather as a chronological modification to the existing historical model, albeit, a very significant one, for as the article itself discloses, a date of modern human males hanging around some 338,000 years ago is more than twice as far back as originally thought.
I suspect for most of the readers of this site, the significance of this study, if indeed it is eventually born out by further research and confirmation, will be not so much in terms of modifications to evolutionary theory, but rather for alternative research, for as I have pointed out in my The Cosmic War: Interplanetary Warfare, Modern Physics, and Ancient Texts, such a date would be commensurate with those suggestive Mesopotamian texts and kings' lists that indicate some genetic "tinkering" occurred with humanity around 225,000-242,000 years ago, if one accepts their dates at face value (and let it be noted, most scholars do not).
What interests me here is that in those legends and stories, the chimerical creation of mankind was the result of a mixture between "the gods" or Annunaki, and some humanoid creature on earth. The interesting thing is, in those stories, the donor of the "gods'" part of the equation is male. Now, I have long argued that for such a project to have worked, it would have been easiest and most practical for "the gods" to have been, so to speak, "genetic cousins" of humans to begin with. In other words, the implication of those Mesopotamian texts, if taken at face value, is that the genus homo is not restricted to planet Earth; we have, or at least, had, "cousins" somewhere "out there."
Time will tell of course, but on one score, at least, this recent finding vindicates the current standard model, in that in that model humanity does indeed originate in Africa, and spread outward from there.
See you on the flip side.