Globalisation, of course, isn’t a new phenomenon. Those who have been following my demographic material will not be surprised that the role of migration in human history is a topic which fascinates me. Well, Juan Cole has a very ‘informed’ post today about a piece of genetic research which claims to show that half of the inhabitants of Madagascar come from Borneo, while the other half derive from East Africa.
Those who want to learn more about all this could do worse than try some Cavalli_Sforza. ‘Luigi’ is undoubtedly the ‘grand-father’ of the current attempts to fuse archaelogy, linguistics and genetics. Many of the papers on site at his Stanford based Human Population Genetics Laboratory make very interesting reading.
Full disclosure: reading C-S was one of the things which really started me off thinking about all those ‘demographic issues’.