There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever for this Afrocentrist theory that the Olmec statues represent African colonization of the Americas. The Olmecs are simply tropical adapted humans, with a phenotype typical of those in the tropics. They have the wide noses typical of many tropical adapted peoples. A wide nose is good for living in a very hot climate. Probably a long and narrow nose heats up the air too much when you breathe. A wide nose allows cooling of the air as you breathe, presumably. The Olmecs are also short and dark, but many tropical adapted types are short and dark. Dark skin keeps you from getting too much UV radiation which among other things is toxic to fetuses on the women’s womb. A small and compact body easily diffuses heat in a very hot environment. A large or tall body will not diffuse heat well and may well overheat in that environment. The faces on Olmec statues are flat. African faces are not flat. End of argument. There are no African genes in Olmec people. There is no evidence of any long-range colonization or even exploration by Africans via sea in any period, ancient or modern. They do not appear to have mastered the art of seafaring except for the White Africans in North Africa.
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