DNA evidence indicates that the first gypsies, also known as the Romany people, came from northern India. Gypsies belong to the Roma tribe, and they claim that they were once a warrior class from Punjab.Continue Reading
The Romany worshiped the Indian goddess Kali. They have maintained their own language, Romany, which is rooted in Sanskrit, throughout the centuries.
Various invasions caused the Romany to flee to different parts of Europe and Asia, including Turkey, Russia, Greece, Spain, Egypt, Morocco and Persia. They were referred to as gypsies because many believed they hailed from Egypt before coming to Europe.
The Romany were viewed with suspicion by the dominant cultures of the world due to their ties to occultism, but they made vast contributions to European and Asian cultures of music, dance and mythology.Learn more about Anthropology
Common descent, an idea central to Darwin's theory of evolution, is well supported by multiple chains of evidence from the fields of genetics, biogeography and comparative anatomy. The fossil record also provides both direct and indirect evidence of descent with modification from common ancestors, though this line of evidence was generally unavailable to Darwin in the mid-19th century.Full Answer >
There is evidence to suggest that archaic humans, of which modern humans are descended, were present as long as 195,000 years ago in what is now Ethiopia, as fossils recovered from the region show the beginnings of skull changes that evolved into the modern human skull. The first early human fossils were discovered in 1868 in southwest France.Full Answer >
According to the Christian Bible, Adam was the first person, man or woman, to live on earth. However, scientific findings suggest that Adam was not the first human on Earth.Full Answer >
The Sentinelese of North Sentinel Island, some of the Awá-Guajá people of Brazil, and some of the West Papuan lowlanders of Indonesia are examples of Paleolithic cultures. The latter two have members who have adapted to some extent, meaning that they are not necessarily stone tool-using hunter-gatherers.Full Answer >