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  •  The last ice age pushed people away from northren (2+ / 0-)
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    habitats southward to refugia  in Iberian peninsula and Alps glaciers blocked  Italian peninsula. The conditions of non-glaciated western France were generally not good for permanent habitation. After the end of the ice age the expansion of the Spanish refugia peoples moved north and to the Irish and British isles. It makes sense that trade connections were maintained for centuries along with genetic flow as well particularly when sea trade became more common.

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    by OHdog on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 08:35:21 PM PST

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    •  big question to me is ice on the shore (0+ / 0-)

      did the ice age produce ice that blocked passage along the (way lower, and lowering at the time?) shoreline. If the gulf current was providing heat to Europe's west coast, it maybe had periods of being ice free.

        Whether they had boats then in that part of europ[e is unknown to me but the oldest known boat is a dug out canoe from africa...can't recall how old but will look later..
      ok, asking the goggle it appears most 'oldest boats' are found all over the world dating to 7-8000 years old, these are wooden boats, sometimes treated with tar. The invention of boats has to go back even further than that and it would be hard to say and be believed that ice age people did not have some regular form of water travel.
         Many theories old and new of early travel would need to account for water travel, especially along often protected coastal routes..the survivors would be hardy indeed.

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      by KenBee on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 02:09:11 PM PST

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    •  wiki 'boats' says even earlier (0+ / 0-)

      looks like covering their bets, hah, but:

      Boats have served as short-distance transportation since early times.[1] Circumstantial evidence, such as the early settlement of Australia over 40,000 years ago, and findings in Crete dated 130,000 years ago,[2] suggests that boats have been used since ancient times. The earliest boats have been predicted[3] to be logboats. The oldest boats to be found by archaeological excavation are logboats from around 7,000–10,000 years ago.

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      by KenBee on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 02:48:22 PM PST

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