small qerry on OOA theory and Indo-european languages

Michael Witzel witzel at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Jun 18 23:08:52 UTC 2009

Dear Prof. Pandurangi,

I think this confuses the Out of Africa movement of anatomically  
modern humans,  75-65,000 (75 kya) years ago,
with the spread of Indo-Europeans after c. 3000 BCE (5 kya:  they  
have copper and the newly invented (Sumerian oxen drawn wagon with  
heavy wheels).

There were no Indo-European speakers, nor even their hypothetical  
Nostratic ancestors in 30 kya.

The ocean shores of India (now under water after the Ice Age) were  
occupied around 75-65 kya (a Tamil Nadu find), and Australia by 60-40  
kya, Europe only by 40 kya, driving out the Neanderthals...

No connection either with the so-called Aryan invasion (migration),  
c. 1500 BCE ...

All distinct and clearly marked movements of people and their languages.



On Jun 15, 2009, at 3:25 PM, Veeranarayana Pandurangi wrote:

> Dear  friends. I have a small query.
>  how Out of africa (OOA) theory handles the problem of indo- 
> european group
> of languages had the european group seperated from that one bound  
> to travel
> to south asia. India and Europe share a language to some extant. it  
> will be
> difficult if they seperated 30000 years ago.
> or is there any material on the OOA theory and Aryan invasion  
> theory? OOA is
> seperately dealt by DNA specialists. but has anybody from our clan  
> tried to
> do something?
> -- 
> Veeranarayana N.K. Pandurangi
> Head, Dept of Darshanas,
> Yoganandacharya Bhavan,
> Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Rajasthan Samskrita University, Madau, post
> Bhankrota, Jaipur, 302026.

Michael Witzel
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