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    Post Sinodonts in the Andes

    Dental (tooth cusp and root) morphology is used to see wether populations from two valleys were Sinodont or not.

    The early populations, do not support the presence of Sinodonty. The later populations of the Moquegua Valley (around 1,000-1476 AD), who arrived at the beginning of the Late Intermediate Period, brought Sinodonty. The Late Intermediate Period populations of Azapa Valley are rarely Sinodont and only among agriculturalists, as it is not supported in coastal populations or mixed agropastoralists.

    It is suggested that the presence of Sinodonts in the Andes is related to agriculture by recent Sinodont immigrants into South America, further north.
    Last edited by morfrain_encilgar; Thursday, April 8th, 2004 at 04:56 AM.

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    AW: Sinodonts in the Andes

    Maybe that is somewhat related to the excellent book of Gavin Mezies "1421 The year China discovered the world".
    Although you may debate some of his arguments - in general he is right i think. He writes about chinese settlements in america. Chinese Shipwrecks, or familiarity in handicrafts etc. But especially he mentions tribes in Southamerica whos language was/is quite similar to chinese.

    If you don't know it i recommend to give it a try:

    Menzies makes the fascinating argument that the Chinese discovered the Americas a full 70 years before Columbus. Not only did the Chinese discover America first, but they also, according to the author, established a number of subsequently lost colonies in the Caribbean. Furthermore, he asserts that the Chinese circumnavigated the globe, desalinated water, and perfected the art of cartography. In fact, he believes that most of the renowned European explorers actually sailed with maps charted by the Chinese. Though most historical records were destroyed during centuries of turmoil in the Far East, he manages to cobble together some feasible evidence supporting his controversial conclusions. Sure to cause a stir among historians, this questionable tale of adventure on the high seas will be hotly debated in academic circles.

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