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Nov 18, 2001 07:45 AM
by Steve Stubbs


Well, actually, my intent was not to "contradict" you
exactly, but to add to the discussion.

Sykes claims the mitochondrial DNA is passed down
through the MATERNAL lineage and not the PATERNAL
lineage as you suggest. I am not saying who is right
and who is wrong, simply quoting Sykes' statement.

Also, you ask "How do we adjust the Secret Doctrine ?"
and I pointed out that the fact that Europeans all
come from SEVEN primordial women seems to dovetail
eerily with Blavatsky's theories.

Let me say again that Blavatsky has presented in my
judgement an admirable psychological model, but I do
not take it that seriously in regard to matters
anthropological. It is obvious the psychological
model ws constructed first and the anthropological
model afterward, probably after studying Wallace's
books on spiritualism and evolution.


--- wrote:
> To quote a reviewer of the book;
> From Eve, the earliest known hominid, discovered in
> Africa, 
> geneticist Sykes traces a genetic linkage to seven
> prehistoric 
> European women. A gifted writer, he conveys the
> excitement and drama 
> of his discovery of strands of DNA that passed
> unbroken through the 
> maternal line. He names the seven women he found in
> that line and 
> extrapolates probable lives for them, based on
> anthropological data, 
> thereby bringing them to life. His particular quest
> began with 
> examining the remains of a 5,000-year-old man found
> in Italy and 
> proceeded amidst the competitive pressure of other
> scientists, 
> professional tensions between colleagues, and his
> sense of the fun 
> involved in making his discoveries. In the end, he
> can trace living 
> Europeans from some of Eve's seven daughters. Sykes
> is keenly aware 
> of the professional and human significance of
> scientific inquiry and 
> discovery, as well as of the woeful history of the
> use of genetics by 
> racist theories--awareness that adds to this
> exciting contribution to 
> showing that all humans share a common ancestry.
> Vanessa Bush from 
> the American Library Association.
> But where does it contradicts my statement below ?
> Until now it had been accepted that man's ability to
> intricately 
> carve tools only developed 40,000 years ago.
> Christopher Henshilwood, an archaeologist from the
> South African 
> Museum in Cape Town and a member of the team that
> made the discovery, 
> said: "The implication is that there was a modern
> human behaviour in 
> Africa about 35,000 years before Europe."
> Last year a team of Chinese and American geneticists
> obtained blood 
> samples from more than 12,000 men from across east
> Asia and examined 
> characteristic DNA sequences called markers on the Y
> chromosome (the 
> male chromosome). The Y chromosome is considered one
> of the most 
> powerful molecular tools for tracing human
> evolutionary history 
> because it remains unchanged over eons when passed
> from father to 
> son. The researchers found that every one of the men
> could trace his 
> ancestry to forefathers who lived in Africa over the
> past 35,000 to 
> 89,000 years. They also found absolutely no genetic
> evidence that the 
> modern people (Homo sapiens) mated with archaic
> humans (Homo erectus) 
> that already lived in Asia, having migrated from
> Africa about 1 
> million years ago.
> How do we adjust the Secret Doctrine ?
> Brigitte
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