A link from reader Scott Loar relating to a previous post on paleoanthropology, race, and Chinese nationalism: This month’s issue of Scientific American contains an article by Gary Stix on DNA research which bolsters the ‘out of Africa’ theory of human evolution.
Where’s the China connection? Well, as I have blogged about before, the idea that the Chinese may have emerged from someplace else–especially when that someplace else is Africa–and then migrated to China is a hard sell here, even among academic specialists.
Thanks to Scott for the link. For those (with JSTOR access) interested in the background to this debate, be sure to check out Barry Sautman’s article “Peking Man and the Politics of Paleoanthropology in China,” from the February, 2001 edition of the Journal of Asian Studies.