The idea that the Aryan homeland existed during the last inter-glacial is generally not accepted today, however there is a growing number of linguists considering the hypothesis. Today the concept is called the Paleolithic Continuity Theory, or Paleolithic Continuity Paradigm, which postulates that the Proto-Indo-European language was first developed in the Upper Paleolithic, sometime between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Associated with the Paleolithic Continuity Theory is the historical reconstruction proposed by Italian linguist Mario Alinei, which suggests that Indo-European speakers were native to Europe since the paleolithic. According to this reconstruction, the differentiation process of languages would have taken an extremely long time; by the end of the Ice Age the Indo-European language family had differentiated into proto-Celtic, proto-Italic, proto-Germanic, proto-Slavic, and proto-Baltic speakers occupying territories within or close to their traditional homelands.(1)Mario Alinei (2014) The Paleolithic Continuity Theory on Indo-European Origins: An Introduction
If Tilak’s theory that the Aryans lived in a temperate Arctic homeland is correct, then this would place them in the Ipswichian (Riss-Würm, Sangamonian, Eemian, Valdivia) Interglacial between 110,000 and 130,000 years ago.(2)NEEM community members (2013) “Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core,” Nature This is earlier than Homosapien remains have been found anywhere in northern Eurasia. Neanderthal remains have been found in Northern Eurasia from the time period, and futher south Homosapien remains have been found from this time period in the same range as Neanderthals from Es Skhul in Israel(3)Roger Lewin (2004) Principles of Human Evolution, Page 385 to Zhirendong in China,(4)Catherine Brahic (August 8, 2014) “Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago” New Scientist indicating a high probabilty of Homosapien-Neanderthal co-habitation over a vast range, which also included Denisovans ranging from China to Papua New Guinea.
The Avestan first king of men Yima, the Good Shepherd, seem remarkably similar to the Sumerian King Dumuzid, the Shepherd. Both are said to have lived during the Ipswichian Inter-Glacial, and by separate ancient sources. The Sumerian Kinglist places the life of Dumuzid between 126,700 and 90,700 years ago, meanwhile Tilak’s reconstructed Aryan history from the Avesta and Vedas places the life of Yima between 130,000 and 110,000 years ago.
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|1.||⇑||Mario Alinei (2014) The Paleolithic Continuity Theory on Indo-European Origins: An Introduction|
|2.||⇑||NEEM community members (2013) “Eemian interglacial reconstructed from a Greenland folded ice core,” Nature|
|3.||⇑||Roger Lewin (2004) Principles of Human Evolution, Page 385|
|4.||⇑||Catherine Brahic (August 8, 2014) “Human exodus may have reached China 100,000 years ago” New Scientist|