Africa. Two-toed people Ostrich

In the remote jungles of the Lost African states in the area between Zimbabwe and Botswana tribe lives, the majority of whom are on the legs only two fingers. Two thumbs arranged perpendicular to each other ….

This disease, or hereditary deformity received a light hand with someone called "claw syndrome." Some doctors believe that it is caused by a virus. Others are of the opinion that it is — the result of marriages between close relatives.

The first of the strange inhabitants of Central Africa learned Paul du Chaillu — American traveler French origin. In 1863, he published a book in which he described his adventures in Africa, referring to her tribe and people with two fingers on his feet, a name — sapadi.

After a hundred years of the British newspaper "The Guardian" published an article "In search of Africans with two fingers. The mysterious tribe. " The article mentioned tribe living in remote areas of the Zambezi River, the people who move on two fingers. Most readers find the article duck and not given it much attention. But the reports of two-toed people began to appear in other media.

After a short time the ethnographer Buster Phillips in a geographical magazine wrote about the unusual African tribal people, ostriches. He described that one day, not far from the small town of Feira, in the branches of a tree said two-toed people. They have something to collect, but as he approached quickly came down from the tree and quickly ran away. Phillips pointed out that people Ostrich growth of about five feet, quite wild and live apart in their own world. They feed on wild grasses, fruit trees and mushrooms.

The article caused a flurry of publications. In many editions of the World began publishing notes, and even photographs of Africans with the "ostrich legs." The scientists refused to believe, claiming that raised the hype — pure hoax.

However, the military pilot Mark Mullin has managed to make a perfect shot didactylous man of the tribe living between the rivers and Kanembe Shevore. Who lived in the neighborhood tribes called these people Vendome. The numbers of this tribe was about 300-400 people, and one in four had a claw syndrome.

V1971 was organized scientific expedition to search for the tribe of two-toed people. It is unlikely that she would be a success if it had not been previously established contacts with the leaders of neighboring tribes. Only through the intervention of the elder of this strange tribe has hosted.

Scientists have found that people Ostrich consider themselves descendants of immigrants from Mozambique. Historian Dawson Munger from the National Archives in Harare suggested that "ostrich" gene could bring in those places came a woman, whose descendants later joined the closely related marriages.

One of the members of the tribe were brought to England, and subjected to examination. Scientists found the gene responsible for the appearance of the syndrome claw is dominant. Its enough to inherit from one parent and two fingers instead of five on each leg provided.

According to Professor Tobias Phillips, this mutation is likely to disappear as a result of natural selection, as it does not make a man crippled. And so it is: sapadi — great runners, they climb trees like monkeys jumping from one tree to another. Sometimes, members of the tribe do not peel off the trees for several days, picking the fruits, leaves and insect larvae.

Some tribal customs are strange. For example, before the wedding, the future husband and wife should lie side by side on the hot sand without food or water for days. At the same guy hands firmly tied to the hands of the girl.

Or a ritual: the new moon in the ground buried to the waist at least a dozen sapadi. Dug all night loudly recite prayers and incantations, and other members of the tribe bonfires, wrapping praying fragrant smoke.

However, these seemingly primitive savages are skilled healers. Antediluvian makeshift tools so they are able to carry out complex operations, which for them would not always come from an experienced surgeon. And their ointments, tinctures, powders have a truly wonderful properties.

Over time, people have found, ostriches and other parts of Africa. For example, in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Most likely, these people are mentioned in ancient writings. Strabo, the Greek geographer and historian, wrote about apistodaktilah — mysterious inhabitants of Central Africa, the feet are "wrapped back".

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