In the first phase of the Geneographic project, launched in 2005, E-M35's origin was explictly stated as the following :
"The man who gave rise to marker M35 was born around 20,000 years ago in the Middle East. His descendants were among the first farmers and helped spread agriculture from the Middle East into the Mediterranean region."
|Original E-M35 National Geographic Description|
You can read what it reads today in the screen shot below:
|Current E-M35 Nat. Geographic Description|
There is also the sentence, "Today, in keeping with its place of origin, this line is common among Afro-Asiatic speakers", could the part, 'in keeping with its place of origin', be also a 'nudge' at the very distinct, and in my opinion, strong, possibility that Afroasiatic may have originated in East Africa as well ?
If so, this would be a first for a major outlet like Nat Geo and others, even though, renowned Afroasiatic experts like Greenberg, Ehret, Blench et. al had said this for decades.
Update: Another point that is odd in their new phylogeny seen above, is the ordering of some of the NRY SNPs leading up-to V12, the SNPs leading up-to P147 are in standard sequence, i.e the sequence M42 > M168 > M203 > M96 > P147, is common knowledge, however P177 is listed as downstream of P2, where common knowledge says it is the reverse, i.e. P147 > P177 > P2, instead of P147 > P2 > P177. Similarliy, M215 is not known to be a subclade of M35.1 but rather the reverse, so overall, their sequence should read as follows : M42 > M168 > M203 > M96 > P147 > P177 > P2 > M215 > M35.1 > M78 > V12. Unless off-course they have found some samples that upset the standard NRY SNP sequence leading upto E-V12 that we do not know about yet.