|-- Little-Explored African Genetic Diversity May Hold Key To Human Origins, Medical Questions, 22 JANUARY 1999, Contact: A'ndrea Elyse Messer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-865-9481, Penn State|
These differences in genetic diversity would seem to indicate that in any given worldwide epidemic the average native African is likely to possess a greater chance of survival than representatives of other human populations.
A bottleneck of only some 2000 individuals in a breeding population seems to have marked the earliest beginnings of the modern human species. Of the roughly 1000 women expected to be among these progenitors, only one would give birth to children whose lineage would continue to survive on to modern times, by 2000 AD forming the whole of the human race.
This original pool of 2000 breeders likely lived in Africa. They seem to have splintered into two or more separate groups sometime after around 142,000 BC.
European lineages indicate an arrival of modern humans in Europe around 49,000 BC- 37,000 BC (archaeological relics indicate arrival no later than 33,000 BC).
The source cited below gives a date of around 48,000 BC for the first modern humans leaving Africa. It is speculated the first groups each consisted of perhaps a few hundred hunter-gatherers.
-- The Human Family Tree: 10 Adams and 18 Eves ["http://partners.nytimes.com/library/national/science/050200sci-genetics-evolution.html"] By NICHOLAS WADE, May 2, 2000, The New York Times Company
The oldest human fossils in the world are found in Africa.
By approximately 1,700,000 BC Homo erectus (or possibly Homo ergaster) is in the Republic of Georgia. Homo erectus evolved around 2,000,000 BC, and were so different from their predecessors that they likely changed lifestyles and territories pretty rapidly-- possibly leading to long range migrations. One major factor was a new independence from vegetation in their diet; these new peoples were more prone to eating meat than those they succeeded.
-- Ancient Exodus BY MICHAEL D. LEMONICK, REPORTED BY SORA SONG/NEW YORK, Time magazine, SCIENCE MAY 22, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 21 VISIONS 21
It may be that in the early part of this period some old, injured, sick, outcast, or young orphan wolves begin to attach themselves to the outskirts of human camps for easier scavenging and to regain some of the social companionship they lost when they were ejected from their packs or otherwise split from their own orders.
It may be the singing and music of the camps remind the wolves of the chorus of their native packs.
The typically lone wolves soon learn not to anger the humans of the camps, and to keep a respectful distance, basically living off the trash the humans throw outside camp, or leave behind as they move on. These wolves of course tend to follow the nomadic human families now, staying on the lookout for food scraps. Staying near the camps also offer the wolves some protection from other predators.
As the wolves grow more dependent on the camps and their humans, they naturally begin to take on guard duties at the fringe, barking an alert whenever a strange human or beast approaches. Such a combination challenge/alert not only fits in well with its natural territorial instincts, but possibly increases activity in the nearby camp too, which all by itself will serve to frighten off some intruders. After awhile the humans realize the value in such sentinals, plus like the way the wolves help keep the camp and its outskirts cleared of trash. Such trash clearing all by itself helps minimize the attraction of unwanted predators and scavengers likely much worse than a semi-friendly wolf or two.
Another good thing about the fringe wolves is that in a pinch they too can be killed for food. So the humans regard them as sentinals, trash disposals, and emergency food supplies. When camp wolf killing becomes necessary, the people naturally tend to kill those wolves which are most difficult to get along with first.
Eventually enough of these camp fringe wolves accumulate to breed, and those pups best able to get along with the nearby humans live to reproduce again, while others do not. Thus, the genetic engineering of wolves into dogs begins.
|-- Man's trash was likely dog's lure by Phil and Nancy Seff, November 10, 1999, Deseret News Science/Technology, http://deseretnews.com/, Man's trash was likely dog's lure (http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/1,1249,125015089,00.html?)|