Apparently Glen, you don't connect genetics and language.  If we don't link language to genetics then we're totally operating in the land of relativity.
----- Original Message -----
From: Glen Gordon
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2001 10:30 PM
Subject: Re: [nostratic] Proposal of a name for a possible family

>Arutiunov claims the Ainu have recently been
>connected to Altaic.

Only in a human genome sense. Ainu is definitely not Altaic. The
Ainu people however appear to derive genetically from the peoples
of the mainland to the west.

My personal view is that a large group of languages resided on
the mainland west of Japan and east of the SinoDene homeland,
during the big glacial melt c.9000 BCE. Ainu and Austronesian both
would derive from this group, with Ainu ending up in Japan and the
rest of the group being pushed south and eventually onto the other
islands. Just a tantalizing thought, anyways.