I made the above model to show the simple view of Homo sapien migration that I have had for a long time. But I have not kept up on pertinent genetics, geology, linguistics, archeology, anthropology and much more. I am trying to read up on the origin of culture in India and while looking at some recent stuff, I realized my simple model of human migration is outdated. Today I ran into this great show on Stephen Oppenheimer’s theory which is found in “The Real Eve” (2003). It is fascinating! And if you watch the show, you can see why the genetics of India could be so complicated. But I have no idea how the academy feels about this theory. And I don’t know if I can get all this to relate to the Ramayana, but it was a fun distraction.
Questions to readers:
- Do you know if Oppenheimer’s theory has controversy? What is the consensus?
- Can you recommend better book, sites or maps?