Image of reconstructed faces of three early humans in profile view.

Sorry European racial “purists,” it turns out your ancestors were African and Middle Eastern

(Read the article on one page)

People throughout history have taken pride in their ancestral roots, but new studies of migrations of people into Europe and elsewhere are showing that no one’s heritage is “pure.” Or if humanity’s heritage is pure, if you go back far enough in prehistory, it is purely African.

Sciencemag.com has an article this week reporting on new research into when various peoples ended up in various places around the globe. One example of the racial purity concept is that of people so famous for touting their “racial purity” and being the “master race”—the Nazis of the World War II era. The 20 th century Germans’ ancestors came from the south and east in waves thousands of years ago.

If you go back far enough in human prehistory, scientists say, the origins and birthplace of humanity are in Africa about 200,000 years ago. The ancestors of all people living today originated in Africa. Recent studies of DNA have confirmed this theory, which many consider fact and not just theory.

Pure Misconception

There has been a lot of controversy over migration studies, reports Ann Gibbons for Sciencemag.com. Migration studies fell out of favor after World War II because of the controversy surrounding Nazi theories of racial purity.

Various peoples left their mark with distinctive artifacts, which used to be how migrations were studied. Now with isotope and DNA analysis, scientists are getting a better picture of how prehistoric peoples moved around the globe. This photo shows the pottery of the Bell Beaker people of central Europe.

Various peoples left their mark with distinctive artifacts, which used to be how migrations were studied. Now with isotope and DNA analysis, scientists are getting a better picture of how prehistoric peoples moved around the globe. This photo shows the pottery of the Bell Beaker people of central Europe. (CC BY-SA 3.0 )

The topic is especially pertinent again today with new migrations of refugees into Germany from Syria. Neo-nazis oppose accepting Middle Eastern immigrants because they fear the “purity” of the Aryan “race” will be tainted.

Gibbons writes:

In fact, the German people have no unique genetic heritage to protect. They—and all other Europeans—are already a mishmash, the children of repeated ancient migrations, according to scientists who study ancient human origins. New studies show that almost all indigenous Europeans descend from at least three major migrations in the past 15,000 years, including two from the Middle East. Those migrants swept across Europe, mingled with previous immigrants, and then remixed to create the peoples of today.

Scientists today are studying DNA and isotopes of strontium and other elements in ancient teeth and bones to find out just where various peoples’ ancestors originated. Their conclusion?

“We can falsify this notion that anyone is pure,” population geneticist Lynn Jorde of the University of Utah told Sciencemag.com. Most modern humans “have this incredibly complex history of mixing and mating and migration.”

Mixed Race World

The Australian Aborigines are one of the few groups whose ancestry is unmixed. Their ancestors settled in Australia in three discrete groups and stayed there for many thousands of years.

New studies show that humans have been wandering around the planet and interbreeding with each other (some even with Neanderthals) since different groups left Africa some 60,000 years ago.

This Science graphic gives a timeline of some of the major human migrations through the ages.

This Science graphic gives a timeline of some of the major human migrations through the ages. ( Sciencemag.com)

It’s interesting to note for the Nazi “Aryan race” that European ancestors went from Africa to the Middle East and into Europe about 43,000 years ago. To make clear the implications: Jews, one of the major victims of the Nazi Party, are also from the Mideast.

David Reich, a Harvard University population geneticist, and his team studied DNA in the remains of 51 Asians and Europeans who lived between 7,000 and 45,000 years ago. They concluded ancestors of Europeans settled in two big migrations from the Mideast after Ice Age glaciers retreated, beginning 14,000 and 19,000 years ago. A second big migration, of farmers, occurred about 9,000 years ago from Turkey and Greece.

Illustration of ethnic types from Eurasia. Nordisk Familjebok, 1904

Illustration of ethnic types from Eurasia. Nordisk Familjebok, 1904 ( Public Domain )

“Basically, everybody’s myth is wrong, even the indigenous groups’,” Dr. Reich of Harvard University told Ms. Gibbons of Sciencemag.com.

Ms. Gibbons writes:

As techniques for probing ethnic origins spread, nearly every week brings a new paper testing and often falsifying lore about one ancient culture or another. The Kashmiri of northern India do not seem to be related to Alexander the Great or the lost tribes of Israel. Parsis in Iran and India are not solely of ancient Iranian heritage, having mixed with local Indian women, although Parsi priests do descend chiefly from just two men.

Comments

Good Evening,
You should rectify your title because it concerns all "whities" including "Americans"
All white americans come from Europe, current americans aren't real americans, the native ones have been genocided by european conquerers (current american's ancestors)
Title should be : Sorry whities purists...
PS: sorry for my english, it's not my birth language.

There is still many, many people carrying native American DNA in north America. A lot of it is carried by people who may physically identify as black or white in some cases but many of our Mexican and central American citizens carry a majority of Native American DNA. Many tribes may have been culturally decimated, suffered genocides or forced from their native homelands but many of their genes survive and thrive in North America still.

But the "native Americans" you are speaking of also conquered people who were here before them, so what say you oh preacher from on high? BTW folks, Social Justice theology is a threat to science and it's methods and discoveries...the SJW's will destroy truth in order to preserve the sacred scriptures and beliefs of their fanatical religion.

Every human on this planet, past or present, obscure or historical, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, Charlemagne, Moctezuma, Mao, Stalin, Alexander, Thomas Paine, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, European, had a dark skinned East or South African ancestor.

Anyone who vaguely understands human history would know there are no “pure” groups.  What I want to know is whom the title of this article is directed towards and why.  I would recommend that sticking to the facts and resisting the urge to be combative in titles to maintain your subscribers.  I don't know any one claiming Europeans to be the pure race.  

The whiter the skin the higher the evolution.

Just take a good hard look outside of Western White European Civilization. You find 3rd World Savage Conditions of Existence. Wars, Religious Wars, Tribal Ethnic Wars, Political Wars, .. killing killing and Poverty and killing. Famine, Inhumanity. More killing. And even more killing over the price of goats!

An if you disagree with that. Show me the data that disputes that. Instead of "Political Correctness"

And lastly the Out of Africa theory is just a Theory it isn't hard core fact. In fact the latest Theory is making a very good case for Out of Asia Theory for those from the Northern Hemisphere.

Anonymous Cultural Anthropologist .
.

Wars, killing and poverty are because of human behaviour. They are not the same thing as physical evolution.

They also affect people of all backgrounds, white people.

Anonymous Cultural Anthropologist. Riiiiiiight. Why don't you take the time to read "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond. He dispenses, quite easily, your absurd white supremacist notions. That is, if you are capable of reading an entire book.

And decrying "political correctness" is nothing but an attempt to make your obvious racism socially acceptable. It is simply you crying that being attacked for being a racist is unfair. Snowflake.

This latest liberal theory says that some 8000 years ago some blacks went to Northern Europe where they turned white and somehow developed blond hair and blue eyes. You have to be a stupid, politically correct liberal to really believe that.

Not blacks, but modern humans from Asia.

I'm fairly sure that the neo-Nazis' (however dwindling their numbers may be) point is that Europeans migrated out of Africa at a long enough timeline for significant changes to occur, which they obviously have, and interbred with Neanderthals (hence the "neanderthal" racial slur used by black nationalists towards whites).
Also, the implication of the article seems to be that opposition to the historically unprecedented mass migration into Europe is akin to racial nationalism. This is far from the truth and betrays the ideology ingrained in the author. Most Europeans would be opposed to this many white Australians or Americans coming into Europe, because societies and cultures are fragile things. I'm sure the refugees that are in amongst the economic migrants will tell you that.

I suggest the author and the commenters here read this article which is ironically from this very website. http://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-science/human-skull-challen...

It strongly shows the out of Africa/Asia theory to be wrong.

Register to become part of our active community, get updates, receive a monthly newsletter, and enjoy the benefits and rewards of our member point system OR just post your comment below as a Guest.

Human Origins

God the Father (represented by an old patriarch with white hair) by Cima da Conegliano, c. 1515
The question of whether a god exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percent of Americans having no religious affiliation reached 23 percent in 2014. Among such “nones,” 33 percent said that they do not believe in God – an 11 percent increase since only 2007.

Ancient Technology

The Antikythera Mechanism, National Archaeological Museum, Athens, Greece
Every time ancient Greece is mentioned most people automatically think of democracy, the Olympic Games, mythology and philosophy. It seems that not many are aware of how advanced the ancient Greeks were on a technological level as well and the Antikythera Mechanism, known as the world’s first analog computer, is the brightest example of all.

Opinion

View of the “Cueva del Pirul”, one of the largest systems of interconnected caves to the East of the Pyramid of the Sun. One can notice the many rough pillars left to support the roof and a number of side passages branching out in different directions.
Few of the modern visitors to Teotihuacan are aware of the vast and mysterious underworld of caves and man-made tunnels that extends under much of the ancient site and for miles around. The existence of these tunnels has been known for centuries, but not even the most recent research has been able to solve the mystery of their origin and purpose. Very much like at Giza, in Egypt, these tunnels are rumored to connect all the main pyramids by means of underground passageways, and perhaps even lead to the records of a lost civilization.

Our Mission

At Ancient Origins, we believe that one of the most important fields of knowledge we can pursue as human beings is our beginnings. And while some people may seem content with the story as it stands, our view is that there exists countless mysteries, scientific anomalies and surprising artifacts that have yet to be discovered and explained.

The goal of Ancient Origins is to highlight recent archaeological discoveries, peer-reviewed academic research and evidence, as well as offering alternative viewpoints and explanations of science, archaeology, mythology, religion and history around the globe.

We’re the only Pop Archaeology site combining scientific research with out-of-the-box perspectives.

By bringing together top experts and authors, this archaeology website explores lost civilizations, examines sacred writings, tours ancient places, investigates ancient discoveries and questions mysterious happenings. Our open community is dedicated to digging into the origins of our species on planet earth, and question wherever the discoveries might take us. We seek to retell the story of our beginnings. 

Ancient Image Galleries

View from the Castle Gate (Burgtor). (Public Domain)
Door surrounded by roots of Tetrameles nudiflora in the Khmer temple of Ta Phrom, Angkor temple complex, located today in Cambodia. (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Cable car in the Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Next article