Out-of-Africa saga: Modern man used Egypt only as a temporary sanctuary on their way to explore the new world.

When modern humans began their journey about 60, 000 years ago, they made one last stop at Egypt.

By comparing the genetic makeup of several African Populations, scientists traced our ancestor’s journey into Eurasia. The study, published in the American journal of Human Genetics, says that the similar genes between Egyptians and Eurasians might mean that emigrants went through Egypt sometime during the Pleistocene epoch.

Thought many models of how modern humans moved into Eurasia exist, the most recognized is the “out-of-Africa” theory. This theory states that after the first anatomically modern humans evolved in Africa, these people migrated out of the continent. According to Paleoanthropologists, this move was sometime between 125,000 to 60,000 years ago. Whether it was done in a single huge exodus, or occurred gradually overtime is still a point of contention.

More studies suggest Ethiopia as the starting point for modern humans, who then left Africa via a straight that linked the Arabian Peninsula with the Horn of Africa called Bab-el-Mandeb. However, new data from an international study led by University of Cambridge researcher Luca Pagani may tell a different tale.

 By comparing the genetic data of 125 individuals form Ethiopian populations and 100 Egyptians, they discovered that Egyptians were actually more similar to Ethiopians than Eurasians, genetically speaking.

In a press release, Pagani said that “In our research, we generated the first comprehensive set of unbiased genomic data from Northeast Africans and observed, after controlling for recent migrations, a higher genetic similarity between Egyptians and Eurasians than between Ethiopians and Eurasians.”

“The most exciting consequence of our results is to have unveiled an episode of the evolutionary past of all Eurasians, therefore potentially improving the knowledge of billions of people on their deep biological history.”

Source: http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0528/Early-humans-left-Africa-through-Egypt-study-says

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  1. Samuel Reich says

    Of cause the Egyptians are closer to Eurasians then Ethiopians. It has a Mediterranean coast and was part of the Mediterranean civilization and trade. Rome, Greece and others invaded and ruled it and had solders stationed there. There was less conquest, trade and commerce for thousands of years between Ethiopia and the Mediterranean civilization.

  2. John Jacobs says

    The “finding” that Egyptian DNA is closer to Eurasian DNA, compared to Ethiopian DNA proves absolutely nothing. It is fact that is obvious, from a quick glance at the people living in both countries. Obviously, Egypt has a higher percentage of white genes. The genes come from the original colonists, who settled Egypt by way of the Mediterranean, and from repeated invasions from the north and east rather than Ethiopia.

    Even if the original colonization was from Ethiopia, let me just list a few of the known historical genetic admixture events. 1) Initial elite colonization by warrior peoples from the Mediterranean who served as the Pharoahs; 2) Invasion of the “Sea Peoples” during the time of the Pharoahs; 3) Colonization by Hebrews in Biblical times prior to the Exodus and probable intermixture prior to the Exodus (ie: slave women are always subject to the sexual desires of their masters); 4) Invasion and colonization by Macedonians/Greeks with Alexander the Great; 5) Invasion and heavy colonization by Arabs during and after the Muslim conquest.

    Any anthropological scientist worth his salt ought to make some effort to learn the history of the places he is investigating. It is clear that these scientists have no clue as to the well-established history of Egypt. Beyond that, I ought to note that modern anthropologists take false credit, in general, for the so-called “discovery” that mankind’s original home (white, black and yellow) was in the Horn of Africa. This fact has been known for millennia. Folk stories were cited as being handed down from generation to generation by Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, who wrote a “History of the World”, based upon known legends and stories way back in 550 BC or thereabouts. When discussing “Aethiopia”, he told his readers that it was believed that the original home of the human race was in the land of the Ethiopians.

    The fact that the Horn of Africa was known to be the homeland of mankind, by the ancient Greeks, indicates that, regardless of the current dogma that says that the manner in which radioactive dating, genetic mutation timelines, etc., cannot be wrong, modern scientists must be very wrong. They must have the timeline entirely incorrect. I seriously doubt that folk-tales could persist for 60,000 + years, let alone 200,000. The fact that the folk-tales did exist, in the time of Herodotus, lends considerable credence to the Biblical timeline and the story of so-called “creation”. More likely, though, “creation” as told in the Bible, is also from the point of view of the people who wrote it.

    Something seems to have been done to the people who lived about 7,500 to 8,000 years ago to change them genetically for unknown reasons. It was probably done in Ethiopia. It was probably done by some entities that the people who told the stories later written down as the “Bible”, viewed as “gods”. It probably led to the extinction of the mass of humanity (homo erectus?) all over the world, and their sudden replacement by a new version of the species that emerged from Africa. It must have happened over a much shorter timescale than scientists now believe, because folk-tales cannot persist over 60,000 years. We see the change in species, I think, through the sudden appearance of walled cities and the rise of agriculture, where there was none before.

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