DNA from 2,000-year-old skeleton may put Indo-Europeans in East Asia
By Bruce Bower
Heading East Excavations several years ago at an ancient cemetery in
Mongolia uncovered a man's skeleton, including this skull, that has
yielded genetic evidence of Indo-Europeans reaching eastern Asia at
least 2,000 years ago.Kim, et al.
Dead men can indeed tell tales, but they speak in a whispered double helix.
an older gentleman whose skeleton lay in one of more than 200 tombs
recently excavated at a 2,000-year-old cemetery in western Mongolia,
near China’s northern border. DNA extracted from this man’s bones pegs
him as a descendant of Europeans or western Asians. Yet he still assumed
a prominent position in ancient Mongolia’s Xiongnu Empire, say
geneticist Kyung-Yong Kim of Chung-Ang University in Seoul, South Korea,
and his colleagues.
On the basis of previous excavations and
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