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What Adam probably looked like

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Feb 5, 2016 at 06:25

Madison Grant would have classified him as "Alpine", for what it's worth, not "Mediterranean". Those are obsolete classifications. J1 is especially prevalent among Turks, Kurds, Persians, Georgians, Dagestanis, Chechens, Azeris, Lebanese, Jews and Calabrians. J2 is more prevalent among Arabs of the Middle East and NE Sudanese.

This is where the descendants of Noah, the descendant of Adam, settled": Japheth settled in modern Turkey; from there he overspread into the J1 areas, for the most part.Ham and Shem settled, for the most part, from modern Sudan to Iran, and in Abkhazia and southern Dagestan. Some sons of Shem, like the ancestors of the Jews, lived among the descendants of Japheth.

The only listed descendants of Adam (from Gen. 10) who lived marginally outside of the J1 and J2 areas were the Egyptians (Mizraim, a son of Ham) and, to a small extent, the Greeks (Javan, which technically was just "Ionia", in Turkey, a son of Japheth).

Aaron's yDNA, and presumably also Noah's and Adam's, was probably J-P58 aka "J1e". Wiki has this to say about it:

"The origin of the J-P58 subclade is likely in the more northerly populations and then spreads southward into the Arabian Peninsula. The high Y-STR variance of J-P58 in ethnic groups in Turkey, as well as northern regions in Syria and Iraq, supports the inference of an origin of J-P58 in nearby eastern Anatolia. Moreover, the network analysis of J-P58 haplotypes shows that some of the populations with low diversity, such as Bedouins from Israel, Qatar, Sudan and UAE, are tightly clustered near high-frequency haplotypes suggesting founder effects with star burst expansion into the Arabian Desert (Chiaroni 2010)."

From the above, we see that J1e (Adam's clan) spread into the Fertile Crescent and Arabia, even though today those areas are mostly J2. Since the two groups are racially virtually identical, it's likely that the "daughters of men" were from J2 clans:

[1] And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
[2] That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
[3] And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
[4] There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Egypt has a very ancient history, dating supposedly to "Pre-Flood" times. This is supported by the fact that they, unlike the Greeks and Mesopotamians, have no "Flood" epic. They are mostly of yDNA haplogroup E1, like the Somalis and most other Africans. E1 is also common among the Jews, who lived over 400 years under Egyptian rule.

If you want to guess what Adam looked like, he probably looked like a typical modern Kurd --



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