Solutrean Hypothesis

Here’s an argument against the Solutrean Hypothesis. I’ve been meaning to look for something like this. The Solutrean Hypothesis is that one wave of prehistoric migration to the Americas came from Europe, the people perhaps traveling in boats along a northern “coast” of sea ice.

I like the idea. The experts do not. It’s one of those things that falls seemingly in the same category as Mary Magdalen as wife of Jesus. Crackpot enthusiasm. The experts still prefer the idea America was populated by people from Asia traveling across what is now the Bering Strait.

Jokers like me stoutly maintain that our ancestors came up from the underworld through a hole (“sipapu“) in the bottom of the Grand Canyon, then spread to the so-called Old World from here.

The primary evidence for the theory seems to be the similarity between arrowheads made by the Solutrean people in Europe with arrowheads made by the Clovis people in America slightly. But it’s debatable whether there’s a genuine similarity. And that debate is the location of most of the action here.

But there’s another piece of evidence. I came up with the idea on my own, before I knew the Solutrean Hypothesis was already a thing.

My inspiration was the distribution of mtDNA haplogroup X2. It appears in both Northern Europe and in the Americas. A small-ish group. Look at a map, and you’ll see why some people (like me) have thought some group must have gone from Northern Europe to America. A nifty solution, but probably wrong. The experts think X2 probably spread to both Northern Europe and the Americas from a common center in Asia. In other words, they took the long away around.

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