Articles tagged with: Y-DNA
India is home to five Jewish groups of different antiquity, speaking different languages.
While population genetics typically focuses on migration and settlement patterns of relatively large groups of people, sometimes a genetic signature of just one person tells an interesting story as well.
Concerns have been mounting across Europe over the recent rise of extremist nationalism in Hungary, where in 2010 the Jobbik Party, variably characterized as “fascist”, “neo-fascist”, “anti-Semitic”, “anti-Roma”, and “homophobic”, received 17% of the votes in the general election and gained 47 seats in Hungarian parliament.
The Northwest Caucasus – including Russia’s internal republics of Adygea, Karachai-Cherkessia, and Kabardino-Balkaria, as well as parts of Krasnodar Krai in Russia proper – presents a veritably kaleidoscopic ethno-linguistic picture. As can be seen from this ethno-linguistic map of Karachai-Cherkessia, based on 2002 census data, Indo-European-speaking groups such as the Russians (shown in blue) and the Ossetians (in brown) coexist …
[Many thanks to Dave Howard for his assistance with this post!]
While it is indisputable that Ossetians speak an Iranian language, it is not immediately apparent whether they descend from an Iranian group such as the Alans, or alternatively if they are descendants of one of the autochthonous groups from the Caucasus, which adopted an Iranian language in the early Middle …