Monday, January 9, 2012

Origins of E1b1b1-M35.1 from the Middle East 20,000 years ago... Aurignacian

National Geographic updated the Y-DNA E1b1b1-M35.1 with the comment " the defining marker of haplogroup E1b1b1, gave rise to marker M35.1, the ancestor of all M35.1 was born around 20,000 years ago in the Middle East. … "

So I looked up to see who was in the Middle East 20,000 years ago (or older) and found that the people were called, "Aurignacian" in the Levant (Present day Israel) Wikipedia : Aurignacian
The people of this culture produced some of the earliest known cave art, such as the animal engravings at Aldène and the paintings at Chauvet cave in southern France. They also made pendants, bracelets and ivory beads, and three-dimensional figurines. Bâtons de commandement are also found at their sites.
The term Aurignacian comes from the Aurignac : commune in the Haute-Garonne in southwestern France on the edge of the Pyrénées. It is the seat of the canton of Aurignac (population 4,160), which is composed of 19 communes. It is part of the ancient region known as the Comminges.
Wikipedia : Aurignac
Aurignac is best known for the 1860 discovery, by Édouard Lartet, of prehistoric remains in nearby caves, at the Abri préhistorique d'Aurignac, which led to the definition of the Aurignacian culture. The Aurignacian culture has been called the first modern humans in Europe. The exact origins of the town are not defined, although the 1957 discovery of the remains of a Roman habitation, with a well-preserved bath-house, 2.5 km (1.6 mi) from the present-day town suggests that the area was inhabited during the Gallo-Roman period.

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