With ever advancing technology, new gene information comes often, which gives us more scientific data and changes our view of the world. When doing research for the next installment of the Demarcus Jones series I was speaking with a geneticist on Africans in ancient Asian. This gentleman spoke to me about non Africans descending from the L3 Haplogroup, in a simple attempt to expand my knowledge on how recent scientific research intertwines with that of previous historical research.
Because of white supremacy, we tend to look at “races” in Black and White, rather than understanding the scientific knowledge. In determining what we now consider different races, the gentleman casually mentioned that “the people who classify themselves as White” (or European) are only 7,000 years old. From previous research (maybe even some seen on a previous post), I had learned that Europeans, the most recent group of people, had evolved (or adapted) about 35,000 years ago. Seemingly, this has been a loosely understood fact (many have heard of ice age stories, Caucasus mountains and cave men). I had also learned that eye mutations, such as blue eyes, evolved around 10,000 years ago, but the science keeps updating. According to this Live Science article, the blue eyes that was once thought to have thrived in most European areas, were actually people of a more African complexion.
Facts like these help us piece together global information to determine where we have come from and how we’ve found ourselves here. We tend to base our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world, by the information that we have learned. But what if that which we have learned is wrong?