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The Contributions of Other Sciences: Comparison of Language, Physical Anthropology, Genetics, and Archaeology

E. J. Michael Witzel

in The Origins of the World's Mythologies

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195367461
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199932047 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367461.003.0004
The Contributions of Other Sciences: Comparison of Language, Physical Anthropology, Genetics, and Archaeology

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This chapter examines the links between mythology and linguistics, physical anthropology, genetics, and archaeology. It shows that all four sciences sustain the Laurasian theory to varying degrees. Archaeology supplies some “hard facts” of early Homo sapiens sap. skeletons, tools, and later on, artwork. Paleontology interprets human remains and establishes broad patterns for our early ancestors up to the emergence of modern humans, the bearers of Pan-Gaean, Gondwana, and Laurasian mythologies and associated rituals. Human population genetics has provided us with increasingly finer classifications of all humans according to their maternal (mtDNA), paternal (NRY), and autosomal inheritance. Data on language families are echoed by special regional developments of Laurasian mythology, such as those reaching from northern Europe via Siberia to North America (shamanism, bear cult) or those of the southern regions (bull/buffalo sacrifice).

Keywords: Laurasian mythology; myths; linguistics; paleontology; genetics; archaeology; language

Chapter.  36080 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Religion

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