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Hominids In South Asia For 60,000 Years

21 Aug

The researchers found skull fragments that date to 63,000 years ago. Credit: Laura Shackelford H. sapiens spread more rapidly from eastern Africa to South Asia and interbred with Neanderthal-related hominids, according to a team of anthropologists, investigating skulls found in a cave in Laos. In 2010, evidence for 50,000 years of H. sapiens’ habitation in Asia was found in a cave in Siberia. The Laotian evidence might push that event horizon to 63,000 years.

The find reveals that early modern human migrants did not simply follow the coast and go south to the islands of Southeast Asia and Australia, as some researchers have suggested, but that they also traveled north into very different types of terrain, Shackelford said.

“This find supports an ‘Out-of-Africa’ theory of modern human origins rather than a multi-regionalism model,” she said. “Given its age, fossils in this vicinity could be direct ancestors of the first migrants to Australia. But it is also likely that mainland Southeast Asia was a crossroads leading to multiple migratory paths.”

The discovery also bolsters genetic studies that indicate that modern humans occupied that part of the world at least 60,000 years ago, she said.

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The Fuzzy Line Between China And India

16 Jul

India and China

Here’s another example of a debate where framing, in this case to favor the U.S. Navy, is disputable. Robert Farley and Chris van Avery continue a discussion about China and India.

But, Peter Drysdale has to make it all so messy.

Both China and India are expanding their defence budgets, China not uniquely so.

China certainly remains more open to trade and foreign investment than India – India’s foreign trade is five times smaller than that of China – and partners have levelled an equal number of complaints against them in the WTO.

China and India are also pursuing similar energy strategies via state firms and in developing economies.

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More Hypocrisy? But, No!

20 Apr

arms-dealers.jpg For once, I would like an American elite institution to make a strategic judgment that didn’t start somewhere near its ass or wallet. Leave it to the WSJ to criticize any attempt to compare the proud Hundu miissile and the belly-flopping Choson bomb, and then favor the Indians. “But it would be misleading to assume the two launches are in any way comparable or speak of an Asia-wide trend.” I’m not exactly sure what Margherita Stancati means by “trend”, but, no, I doubt any other country will test-fire a missile tomorrow. But, the successful launch of the Agni-V does confirm, that China and India are Asia’s top-tier rivals. Stancati consistenly takes the cheery, high road.

That’s because observers generally believe India when it says it maintains a no-first-use policy on its missiles. Analysts say the aim of the Agni V launch was to improve India’s deterrence system against China. Bharat Karnad, a security analyst at New Delhi’s Center for Policy Research, says that India has long been “under China’s shadow in terms of matching its weapons.”

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