It’s the Tales of Magic of the Aarne Thompson Uther Index were the group that were traced back. The oldest of the stories appear to go back 6,000 years. The Smith and the Devil (progenitor to Faust) is proposed to come from metal-working pastoralists from the Russian steppes.
It’s absurdly obvious on just a little reflection, but it’s worth remembering. The populations traveling out of Africa would be smaller so harmful mutations would have accumulated. Genetic bottleneck and all that. Nothing mind blowing. I just need to keep my head straight.
I have not figured out if this is going to be the best advertisement/infomercial of all time, an actual film, or what… Nevertheless:
X-rays of a painting depicting John Dee performing an experiment before Queen Elizabeth I reveal that originally he was encircled by human skulls.
The remains of a newly discovered butchered mammoth places humans in the Siberian Arctic 45,000 years ago, which is 15,000 years earlier than previously estimated. The site is on Yensei Bay. That’s some seriously inhospitable territory, even 45,000 years ago I think. That’s a considerable distance from the Bering Strait, but if humans were traversing such terrain that early, that opens a lot of questions.
5,000 year old stone crescent-shaped monument identified near the site of Bet Yerah (which translates as “House of the Moon God.”) The speculation is that this moon god was the Mesopotamian god Sin.
It’s going to be interesting to see how this research unfolds. If the Red Deer Cave people are archaic hybrids, then who were the archaics? Denisovans, Neandertals (not likely,) Homo erectus, or some other people altogether?
Because this is southwest China, it’ll be quite interesting to see this possibly directly tie into the other research in Indonesia.