The idea that the Himalayan Mountains are too big for humans is something that has been around for some time, but it’s not the only one.
A new study published in Nature Geoscience suggests that humans might have created the idea, along with the idea that they’re too tall, when they were first born.
“Humans were the first to create a myth that the world was too big,” lead researcher Michael Hausmann told CBC News.
“This idea is very similar to the myth that we were designed to live in caves.”
The researchers, who were able to look at the genetic structure of humans from an ancient human genome, found that the oldest people were closer to the equator than those living today.
“It’s the most modern way of thinking about it, it’s a very modern way to think about it,” Hausman said.
“We see a genetic basis for it.”
The new findings suggest that people who were the ancestors of today’s modern humans lived in sub-Saharan Africa and in parts of Asia.
They also suggested that the idea was a myth in the past.
Humans evolved from an ape-like ancestor that lived between 300,000 and 250,000 years ago, said Hauseman, who is from Australia and worked with the researchers on the project.
“People like to think that the first humans came from Africa and the rest of the world.
That’s a misconception.
The earliest humans came to the Americas, from Africa, and the other way around.”
A myth that was popular in the Middle Ages is that the earth was flat, but that’s not necessarily the case.
According to the latest genetic data, modern humans originated in the Near East.
The study also found that people in Africa had more Neanderthal ancestry than people in Asia.
“The idea that modern humans evolved in Asia is actually the same as the idea about the origin of Neanderthals,” Hauxman said, referring to the two-legged, short-haired people who lived in Europe and North Africa.
Hausmania also found evidence of “genetic admixture” between modern humans and Neanderthins, which suggests that people from both groups might have migrated to different parts of the globe.
That may mean that humans were originally a hybrid, which was something the researchers found “to be quite common in the modern world.”
The study found that a Neanderthal-human hybrid was present in parts, but only a few, of the genomes of modern humans, and a Neanderthin-human mixed-breed hybrid was found in only a fraction of the human genome.
Hauxmann said that the findings support the idea of a “merged human” lineage.
But he said the finding also points to a genetic legacy that humans carry from their ancestors in Africa.
“Genetic ancestry of modern human remains from Africa does not necessarily mean that modern human populations have been the descendants of Neanderthal or Denisovans, which were the last living humans in Africa,” Huxmann said.
There are other theories for why people think we are too tall.
For instance, a study published earlier this year in Nature reported that some people believed that the height of Mount Everest was about 30 metres (98 feet), which is slightly taller than people believe humans were actually at the time.
“What we’re finding is that this idea is a pretty simple idea, it just doesn’t have the right genetic basis,” Husmann said, adding that it’s possible the “genomic roots” of the myth were not as ancient as people thought.
Huxman and his team are continuing to look for genetic ancestry that is in line with the Himalaya, which is part of the Himalachian chain of mountains, and which they think may be an ancestral region for modern humans.
“If we can find the genes that we think are involved in our height, then we can start to build the case for our origins in the Himalakas,” he said.