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  • Aztec Conquerors Reshaped Genetic Landscape of Mexico

    02/04/2013 8:09:48 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 31, 2013 | Tia Ghose
    The Aztecs who conquered the city of Xaltocan in ancient Mexico around 1435 may have fundamentally changed the genetic makeup of the people who lived there, new research suggests... Xaltocan was the capital of a pre-Aztec city-state ruled by the Otomi, an indigenous people who lived in Mexico. The period before the Aztec conquest was a tumultuous time for the Otomi, when a century of warfare led to the collapse of their capital city. Colonial records from the 1500s onward told tales of the Otomi fleeing the city en masse in 1395. Those records suggested that the city was abandoned...