Thanks to all who have been discussing genetics. I find it very
interesting. As to migrations, I don't believe that Magellan was the first
person to circumnavigate the world. I'd bet that someday researchers will
find through genetics and languages that mankind has sailed on some kind of
boat as long as he's been here. If I had my life to live over and had the
curiosity that I have now, I'd study linguistics as related to paleontology
and genetics. It seems to me that similarities of languages in disparate
regions of the world would tell us a lot about man's wanderlust, and
therefore the mixing of racial characteristics.
As to the size of men in Civil War times, I have seen a "descriptive
register" of men in Attala Co. MS. Some were as short as 5' 6" , but a
number were over six feet tall, with 5' 10" begin about average. Hair and
complexion varied widely, too.
I wish I could take part in the DNA research, since I am a Daniel, but I am
female. My dad, a Daniel, was the last of ten children. Some of his
brothers produced male offspring, but none of those had sons. My dad's
brothers (seven males in all) ranged widely in height, the tallest being
about 6' 3" or 4" and the shortest about 5' 10". Daddy was just
tall. They could form a perfect arch when standing beside each other. By
the way, big ears are a family trait, even among the females.