It is dumb to assume that because 3,000 or 2,000 years ago some people came from a certain area (like Jiangsu) that people there today should look like the people who had ancestors who left thousands of years ago.
Think about that real hard for a second. You are basically saying that on average no one mixed with anyone else in that time, that the people there are the same as they were, relatively unchanged themselves, there was no natural genetic drift in thousands of years!!!! There was no ongoing divergent natural selection due to changing tastes, environment, etc. There was no wars that could have killed off massive amounts of people, no disease outbreaks (which would cause genetic bottlenecks that could obvious effect appearance as there is less genetic diversity in the population)...
So pictures are somewhat useful, but when you are talking about thousands of years of distance between populations it is kind of silly to base an argument almost completely on "looks".
Looks can also be influenced heavily by mannerism, clothing style, hair style...so you might think you can tell a Japanese from a Korean when they are in front of you...yes.
But if dressed identical and not speaking can you? I know from experience living in Japan and China that more often than not people can not. Chinese assume any "East Asian looking person" is Han. Japanese assume most Koreans and maybe (guess) 50-60% of Chinese are Japanese when they are on the streets of Tokyo and dressed similar.
These things are too subjective to base any serious argument on.
It is much better to stick to objective biological evidence when speaking of relationship and anthropological evidence, histories, etc.
It's like saying Southern Germans, Austrians, Englishmen, Swiss Germs, Dutch, Swedes, etc are not related due to differences in appearance, and they do differ in appearance to a certain extent, even if they largely overlap.
We know they are related because we know about 3,000 years ago they all lived in the Baltic region as one large group separated by different tribes who spoke dialects of the same language.
However...if you simply ignore all that, genes, etc. If you look by appearance today (ignoring who these populations often intermarried with..Celts, Romans, Slavs, Hungarians, Finic Speakers, etc)...well you can say most of them are "separate" and distinct people with no relationship. LOL
Edited by LongMa, 05 October 2008 - 10:15 AM.