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Stephen Oppenheimer is a well-known expert in the field of synthesizing DNA studies with archaeological, anthropological, linguistic and other field studies. He is a member of Green College, Oxford, and has authored the books Eden in the East: The Drowned Continent of Southeast Asia and The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa. The latter focuses on his hypothesis that modern humans emerged from East Africa in a single major exodus, numbering no more than a few hundred individuals. This lone group of wanderers is ancestral to all non-Africans and most North Africans, their descendants having since radiated into a plurality of physical characteristics, languages, ethnicities and cultures today. The general structure of a section of DNA Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is a nucleic acid that contains the genetic instructions for the biological development of a cellular form of life or a virus. ... Archaeology or sometimes in American English archeology (from the Greek words αρχαίος = ancient and λόγος = word/speech) is the study of human cultures through the recovery, documentation and analysis of material remains, including architecture, artefacts, biofacts, human remains, and landscapes. ... Anthropology (from the Greek word άνθρωπος = human) consists of the study of humankind (see genus Homo). ... Linguistics is the scientific study of human language. ... Green College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. ...  Eastern Africa (UN subregion)  East African Community  Central African Federation (defunct)  geographic, including above East Africa or Eastern Africa is the easternmost region of the African continent, variably defined by geography or geopolitics. ... Exodus is the second book of the Torah, the Tanakh, and the Old Testament. ...

He has recently argued that neither Anglo-Saxons nor Celts had much impact on the genetics of the inhabitants of the British Isles, and that British ancestry can be traced back to the Basques instead.[1] The famous parade helmet found at Sutton Hoo, probably belonging to King Raedwald of East Anglia circa 625. ... A Celtic cross. ... Location of the British Isles Great Britain, Ireland and several thousand smaller surrounding islands and islets form an archipelago off the northwest coast of continental Europe which is most commonly known as the British Isles. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...



  • In his book The Real Eve, Oppenheimer hypothesizes that Eurasians descend from a South Asian origin, with the founding population of Caucasoids (Western Eurasians) originating in Northwest India and the founding population of Mongoloids (Eastern Eurasians) originating in Northeast India/Nepal. Caucasoids spread West into Central Asia, West Asia, North Africa and Europe, while Mongoloids spread East into Siberia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, the Americas and Greenland.

Typical Caucasoid skull Caucasoid is a racial classification usually used as part of a phenotypal system, also including other classifications such as Australoid, Mongoloid, Negroid, and sometimes others such as Capoid. ... Typical Mongoloid Skull A portrait of the Mongol ruler Genghis Khan; the Mongolians, for which the term Mongoloid was named after, are an example of the prototype Northern Mongoloid. ...


  • The Origins of the British - A Genetic Detective Story. Constable and Robinson
  • Out of Eden, 2004, Constable and Robinson ISBN 1-84119-894-3
  • The Real Eve, Carroll & Graf; (September 9, 2004) ISBN 0-7867-1334-8
  • Eden in the East, 1999, Phoenix (Orion) ISBN 0-7538-0679-7


  1. ^ Stephen Oppenheimer, Myths of British ancestry, Prospect, October 2006, accessed 21 September 2006.

Prospect is a left-wing monthly British essay and comment magazine covering a wide range of topics, but specialising in politics and current affairs. ...

See also

James Burnett, Lord Monboddo (1714 - May 26, 1799) was a Scottish judge, scholar and eccentric. ... Jared Mason Diamond (born 10 September 1937) is an American evolutionary biologist, physiologist, biogeographer and nonfiction author. ... Robert A. Foley is Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Human Evolutionary Studies and Leverhulme Professor of Human Evolution at the University of Cambridge. ... Toomas Kivisild, born on august, 11 1969 in Tapa, is a Estonian geneticist. ... Map of human genetic diversity, from the dust jacket of The History and Geography of Human Genes, 1994 Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza (born January 25, 1922) is an Italian population geneticist born in Genoa, who has been a professor at Stanford University since 1970 (now emeritus). ... Born 1947, Chris Stringer is a British anthropologist and one of the leading proponents of the Single-origin theory, which hypothesizes that modern humans originated in Africa over 100,000 years ago and replaced the worlds archaic human species, such as Homo erectus and Neandertals, after migrating from Africa... Bryan Sykes is Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Oxford. ...

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Stephen Oppenheimer - Out of Eden The Real Eve (596 words)
Stephen Oppenheimer of University of Oxford is a leading expert in the use of DNA to track migrations.
With a systhesis of new genetic, archaeological and climatic evidence, Stephen Oppenheimer challenges the orthodoxy by arguing that all modern non-Africans can be shown to have sprung from a single exodus.
In this ground breaking new book Stephen Oppenheimer reveals how evidence from oceanography, archaeology, linguistics, genetics and folklore overwhelmingly suggests that the lost 'Eden' - the cradle of civilization - was not in the Middle East, as is usually supposed, but in the drowned continent of Southeast Asia.
An Atlantis in the Indian Ocean (1469 words)
Oppenheimer aligns with the archaeologists against the linguists in the controversy about the homeland of the Austronesian language family (Malay, Tagalog, Maori, Malgasy etc.): he locates it in Sundaland and its upper regions which now make up the coasts of the Southeast-Asian countries, whereas most linguists maintain that southern China was the land of origin.
In this connection, it is worth noting that Oppenheimer confirms that “barley cultivation was developed in the Indus Valley” (p.19), barley being the favourite crop of the Vedic Aryans (yava).
Stephen Oppenheimer makes a very detailed and very strong case for the importance of the culture of sunken Sundaland for the later cultures in the wide surroundings.
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