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How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate

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In an email exchange, Prof. Richards said the prevalence of R1a in India was “Very powerful evidence for a substantial Bronze Age migration from central Asia that most likely brought Indo-European speakers to India.” The robust conclusions of Professor Richards and his team rest on their own substantive research as well as a vast trove of new data and findings that have become available in recent years, through the work of genetic scientists around the world.

This theoretical structure was stretched beyond reason and was used to argue that these two groups came to India tens of thousands of years ago, long before the migration of Indo-European language speakers that is supposed to have happened only about 4,000 to 3,500 years ago.

The second argument put forward was that R1a lineages exhibited much greater diversity in India than elsewhere and it must have originated in India and spread outward.

The third argument was that there were two ancient groups in India, ANI and ASI, both of which settled here tens of thousands of years earlier, much before the supposed migration of Indo-European languages speakers to India.

The first is how multiple studies in different disciplines have arrived at one specific period as an important marker in the history of India: around 2000 B.C. According to the Priya Moorjani et al study, this is when population mixing began on a large scale, leaving few population groups anywhere in the subcontinent untouched.

According to the David Poznik et al study of 2016 on the Y-chromosome, 2000 B.C. is around the time when the dominant R1a subclade in India, Z93, began splintering in a “Most striking” manner, suggesting “Rapid growth and expansion”.

The Poznik study that arrived at 4,000-4,500 years ago as the dating for the splintering of the R1a Z93 lineage, looked at major Y-DNA expansions not just in India, but in four other continental populations.


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4 thoughts on “How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate

    Steven Hatton

    (January 24, 2018 - 12:11 am)

    And saying so in the 1980s was effectively illegal in the US of A. The fact of the matter is that the Indo-European expansions were the most influential and significant ever. Add to that the compelling evidence showing the Afro-Asiatic languages spread with people closely related to Indo-Europeans.

    Jason Blain

    (January 24, 2018 - 12:11 am)

    The best way to communicate is as briefly and efficiently as possible. Very informative just too detailed.

    Ivan Roca

    (January 24, 2018 - 12:11 am)

    Vijay R. Nainani

    Max De Plum

    (January 24, 2018 - 12:11 am)

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