Nov 28, 2020Liked by Razib Khan

Greetings and salutations and good luck, Mr Khan,

Lepenski Vir and Vinca, often hidden behind the banner of ‘Old Europe’, although much older, were not mentioned in the above summary. We don’t know who lived there during the Ice Age and after that for 8-9000 years until Yamnaya people came and which language they spoke. The time distance between Yamnaya and us is just about 4700 years. None is interested which so-called ‘Non-Indo-European’ (?) language was spoken there for several thousands of years; it even has not the name!!! Hardly believable that Yamnaya people brought so-called ‘Indo-European’ language and in a short timeframe spread it around the whole Europe plus Asia. Thanks.

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Dear Mr. Todorovic,

I originate from Romania and worked on the Iron Gate power plant. (close location to Лепенски Вир). Do you have any connection to the museums that keep the skulls from Lepenski Vir. Will they allow the drilling of the petrous bone (inner ear) and send it to the David Reich lab, for sequencing of the ancient DNA? Do we need to establish a crowd-sourcing account to pay for all that work? Will that hint to the pre-Indo-European languages

spoken 8000 years ago. Whether you call it Pelasgian or Thracian or Serbian (as is your want), does not matter. Romanian linguists and Bulgarian too, have lists of substratum words

from languages preceding the Latin Roman times. These could still be Indo-European words, from preceding 2500 years or even 3000 years older from Lepenski Vir ( or Varna Gold treasure) times. Whom do you trust to do the research for you?



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"Hunter-gatherers, such as the Mbuti Pygmy and San Bushmen, have more of the “deep” diverged ancestry" -- Is there evidence of similar ancestry in the Australian aborigines, who seem to have had much less mixing by migrating populations? Or are they too far apart in time to see such evidence? Bill in Glendale

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Greetings Mr Khan,

Is there a Cavalli-Sforza for African genetic history? Also, would you say that Prof. Cavalli-Sforza is worth reading for someone entirely new to the area or should they just read Prof. Reich?


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read the reich book. alas, cavalli is now out of date. tho a lot of his theories are correct!

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