In Species with Amnesia, Robert Sepehr claims that the "Out-of-Africa" model of human evolution is wrong and that modern humans, represented by Cro-Magnon, really came from Atlantis. For this blog post we will be focusing on Sepehr's claims about the physical characteristics and genetics of these Cro-Magnon “Atlanteans”. According to Sepehr (pages 24-25)
"modern Northern Europeans are most similar to Cro magnon’s : Tall, high Frequency of RH negative blood type , fair haired and blue-eyed.”
One of Sepher's claims is that Cro-Magnon (now more commonly known as Early European Modern Human (EEMH)) had an average height “well over six feet" (page 51). The reason this is important is because then Cro-Magnon would have the closest similarity to Sepehr's imaginary Atlanteans.
This claim is simply not true, at least not at the moment with the current evidence. I can find no reliable source that says that Cro-Magnon had an average of well over 6 feet tall. The closest thing to this claim I could find were that “Males were 5 feet 4 inches to 6 feet tall" ( Dennis O’Neal ). Also, another source (Mysteries of Life, Death and Beyond by Patrick Conte) says “their average height is considered to be about five foot, nine inches, but some may have stood six feet five inches or taller.” “May” is not the same as did or was. Someone cannot just say that just because something may have been true, that it is well supported.
RH Negative Blood
Another thing Sepehr claims in his book is that because there are RH+ and RH- people, and RH+ is commonly found in the Rhesus monkey, that humans must have interbred with other species and that people with RH- blood are the pure bred Atlanteans. He states (page 24):
“Karl Landsteiner and Alexander s. Wiener discovered the RH blood factor. 85% of the human population has the RH D antigen on their red blood cells which was in common with rhesus monkey, while 15% of the population mysteriously do not have the antigen. The 1994-2002 edition of Encyclopedia Britannica says that the Sweden county Dalarna today is characterized by almost pure Cro-Magnon.”
Unfortunately for him this has a simple explanation that does not involve Atlanteans: mutation!
Mutation is an important part of evolution by natural selection. When an individual has a mutation that is beneficial, that individual can pass on its genes to the next generation. Researchers think that RH- blood makes people more resistant to certain kinds parasites. Perhaps there are evolutionary reasons why RH- blood occurs in high frequency in Sweden.
So how do we know Cro-Magnon people were RH-? We don't. But in Sepher's view, since Swedes are "almost pure Cro-Magnon," and Cro-Magnon are the closest thing to pure blooded Atlanteans, people with RH– blood are pure blooded Atlanteans.
Fair-Haired and Blue-Eyed
Sepehr's argument about fair-haired and blue-eyed Cro-Magnon people follows much of the same pattern as his RH- argument. In fact, most of his arguments stem from the “fact” that Atlanteans (of which there is no evidence) are most like Cro-Magnon, who are most like modern northern Europeans.
Scientist don’t know exactly why the genes for lighter skin, blue-eyes and fair hair appeared, but a recent genetic study suggests that white skin only evolved about 8000 years ago, well after the earliest "Cro-Magnon" skeletons.
Basically, Sepehr seems to be trying to say that the earliest "modern" humans in Europe where tall, blond, white people very similar to the northern Europeans of today. This fits overall with his argument of the superiority of "Atlanteans" and their descendants (i.e., white people). There is no evidence that Atlantis was anything more than a myth, yet it is important to Sepehr that the Atlanteans are are tall, fair haired and have blue eyes. He has created a fictional superior people that he says are very much like modern northern Europeans. He also has a very Nazi-like imperial eagle symbol on the back cover of the book.
Overall, his concepts prove nothing about Cro-Magnons being related to Atlantis. To even take his arguments seriously you would first have to believe that Atlanteans were real, of course, which no one has proved . They are just puzzle pieces that he cut out himself to fit a narrative.