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Out of Africa: keeping up with the Jones

Jones Maxime Murphy morphy at cco.caltech.edu
Thu Nov 21 18:28:10 EST 1991

morphy at cco.caltech.edu (Jones Maxime Murphy) writes:

>Whoa! The current locus of the people whose mtDNA is being sampled plays a
>critical part in determining migration patterns! How on earth do you argue that
>recent mass migrations and large-scale miscegenation cannot confound attempts
>to reconstruct more ancient migrations? The massive and widespread Arab diaspora
>from Kenya to Mauretania must surely have significantly perturbed the gene pool.

In fact, Larry cited this very fact when he used the fact that Afro-Americans
had been used as "Africans" to question the Wilson study. According to you,
I guess Afro-Americans should be sampled alongside native Americans.

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