Many thanks Steve for this helpful article.
It could be interesting to extend the reasoning to the 8-person bottleneck at the end of Noah’s flood.
On the basis of the data we find in Genesis it is fitting to date the flood at the end of the Neolithic and dawn of civilization.
On the other hand, the estimate range of the whole Homo sapiens population at that time is 10-14 million.
From your essay I infer:
Computational population genetics rules out such a recent 8-person bottleneck, and rather supports that today’s humanity descends from a several million population at the end of the Neolithic.
Is this conclusion correct?