Genetic analysis and ethnic affinities from two Scytho-Siberian skeletons
Article first published online: 28 JUL 2003
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American Journal of Physical Anthropology
Volume 123, Issue 4, pages 351–360, April 2004
How to Cite
Ricaut, F.-X., Keyser-Tracqui, C., Cammaert, L., Crubézy, E. and Ludes, B. (2004), Genetic analysis and ethnic affinities from two Scytho-Siberian skeletons. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol., 123: 351–360. doi: 10.1002/ajpa.10323
- Issue published online: 8 MAR 2004
- Article first published online: 28 JUL 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 31 MAR 2003
- Manuscript Received: 13 SEP 2002
- French Department of Research
- ancient DNA;
- HV1 region;
- Central Asia
We extracted DNA from two skeletons belonging to the Sytho-Siberian population, which were excavated from the Sebÿstei site (dating back 2,500 years) in the Altai Republic (Central Asia). Ancient DNA was analyzed by autosomal short tandem repeats (STRs) and by the sequencing of the hypervariable region 1 (HV1) of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region. The results showed that these two skeletons were not close relatives. Moreover, their haplogroups were characteristic of Asian populations. Comparison with the haplogroup of 3,523 Asian and American individuals linked one skeleton with a putative ancestral paleo-Asiatic population and the other with Chinese populations. It appears that the genetic study of ancient populations of Central Asia brings important elements to the understanding of human population movements in Asia. Am J Phys Anthropol, 2003. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.