Skip to comments.Genetic link shown between Indian subcontinent and Mesopotamia
Posted on 09/30/2013 8:08:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Ancient DNA methodology was applied to analyse sequences extracted from freshly unearthed remains (teeth) of 4 individuals deeply deposited in the slightly alkaline soil of Tell Ashara (ancient Terqa) and Tell Masaikh (ancient Kar-Assurnasirpal) Syrian archaeological sites, both in the middle Euphrates valley... [also] fifty-nine dental non-metric traits on a sample of teeth from 350 human skeletons excavated at three sites in the lower middle Euphrates valley. This showed a stable population until after the Mongolian invasion which resulted in a large depopulation of northern Mesopotamia in the 13th century CE. The final major change occurred during the 17th century with Bedouin tribes arriving from the Arabian Peninsula...
Three others were analysed only to confirm their origin on the basis of HVR-I sequence. Studied remains were excavated at two archaeological sites in the middle Euphrates valley and dated between the Early Bronze Age and the Late Roman period (between 2500 BCE and 500 CE)...
The studied individuals carried mtDNA haplotypes corresponding to the M4b1, M49 and/or M61 haplogroups, which are believed to have arisen in the area of the Indian subcontinent during the Upper Palaeolithic and are absent in people living today in Syria. However, these same haplogroups are present in people inhabiting todays Tibet, Himalayas, India and Pakistan...
The suggestion is that these analysed remains from Mesopotamia belonged to people with a genetic affinity to the Indian subcontinent as the distribution of identified ancient haplotypes indicates a solid link with populations from the region of South Asia-Tibet (Trans-Himalaya).
This may represent either that the individuals are descendants of migrants from much earlier times (Palaeolithic), spreading the clades of the macrohaplogroup M throughout Eurasia and founding regional Mesopotamian groups like that of Terqa, or they are from merchants moving along trade routes passing near or through the region.
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Distribution of haplogroup L of Y-Chromosome Possible time of origin 25,000-30,000 years BP. Image. Wikimedia
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There wuz DNA technology in ancient timz?
We're gonna need a population IQ distribution analysis.
Pathans are Indo-Europeans as are Indians, Iranis, Slavs, Germanics, Italics, Armenians, Greeks, Celts etc.
However, culturally they are Islamic just as other indo-european members are culturally indic (well, Hindu) or Christian-Graceo-Roman.
I wuz always “learned” to recognize that race and skin color are widely NOT the same.
Wise men from the east?
Perhaps the way the Vikings are related to the British nobility. (Vikings who had settled in northern France, the Normans(Northmen) invaded England in 1066, becoming the new ruling class there).
The intelligent ones in what's currently Pashtun territory, noticed that it is not a very good location, and LEFT for elsewhere, leaving the genetic dregs behind.
The Pushtun (Pashtoon / Pathan) are genetically linked to Semitic Jews.
Could the Taliban be genetically linked to the Jews?
Could the Taliban be genetically linked to the Jews?
Scientists research the genetic link between the Indian, Afghani Pathans tribe and the lost tribes of Israel.
By Haaretz Service
Published 16:17 14.01.10
Israel has asked an Indian geneticist to study the link between the Indian Pathans tribe and certain tribes of Israel, the Times of India reported this week.
Geneticist Shahnaz Ali has been asked to study the link between the Afridi Pathans, based in the Lucknow region of India, and certain tribes of Israel who migrated across Asia thousands of years ago.
Ali is based in Haifa where she is working in collaboration with Israel’s prestigious university the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Some experts attribute Israel’s decision to fund the research to a theory supported by many that Afghanistan’s Pashtun fighters, the community from which the Taliban draw their strength, are descendants of Afridi Pathans.
This is not the first time speculations of a deep rooted connection between the two seemingly unrelated people have been raised, yet this is the first time Israel’s Foreign Ministry has offered to fund the research.
Ali has been genetically analyzing blood samples of the Afridi Pathans of Malihabad which she collected earlier to confirm their Jewish origin.
In an interview with the Times of India, Dr. Navras Aafreedi, a researcher in Indo-Judaic studies and one of the first proponents of the common-origin theory in India said “Shahnaz’s research would be important if it does establish the genetic link between Pathans and Jews, as it could be seen as a scientific validation of a traditional belief about the Israelite origin of Pathans and can have interesting ramifications for Muslim-Jew relations in particular and the world at large.”
The Pahtans in India are believed to be descendants of the Ephraim tribe, one of the 10 Israelite tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel who were exiled by Assyrian invaders in 721 B.C.E.
Some descendants of these lost tribes are said to have settled in India between 1202 C.E. and 1761 C.E., Afridi Pathans of Malihabad being one of them.
“Malihabad in Lucknow district is the only Pathan, or Pashtun, territory safely and easily accessible to those interested in the probable Israelite origins of Pathans. It is certainly not possible to collect DNA samples in Afghanistan or the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan, where most of the Pathans or Pashtuns live,” Aafreedi said.
There are few Pathans left in India, primarily at places like Malihabad near Lucknow and Qayamganj in Farrukhabad, all of whom Aafreedi approached for the academic research.
According to Aafreedi, the Afridi Pathans in India, even though they claim Israeli origin, are just as hostile and antagonistic towards Israel as Muslims anywhere else in the world.
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