Once upon a time, one or two hundred thousand years ago or so, anatomically human beings appeared on the scene in Africa
. About 60,000 years ago, there may have been as many as 5,000 people living on the planet. A number, possibly around 150, decided to cross the Red Sea
... following the lead of their cousins, Homo erectus
, who'd decided to look for new real estate some 2 million years earlier.
Homo Erectus couple
The humans traveled along the Arabian
coast and, once arriving in South Asia
, decided to settle down for a while. Over thousands of years, physical differences would develop in humans that spread from this population; lighter skin allowed for the absorption of Vitamin D3 as people moved into less sunny climes. Nowadays we usually call these descendants Asians
and white people
. But the people that moved on through Southeast Asia
don't have a name nearly as recognized. To my ears, Australoid
sounds so clunky... does the "oid" suffix ever sound good? Some of the more widely used terms in their respective cultures include the vague "black," "negrito" and "aborigine." I'm going to stick with Austro-Melanesian
for now... If that catches on, maybe future generations will shorten it to AMs, Ausmels or something catchier. But for now, I'd merely like to focus on both the diversity and solidarity of these various peoples.