Genetic Diversity in the Himalayan Populations of Nepal and Tibet

  title={Genetic Diversity in the Himalayan Populations of Nepal and Tibet},
  author={Tenzin Gayden},
Understanding influences of culture and history on mtDNA variation and population structure in three populations from Assam, Northeast India
The genetic background of three populations in Northeast India is characterized and the ways in which their population histories and cultural practices have influenced levels of intrasample and intersample variation are examined.
Biomes and human distribution during the last ice age
In a metapopulation of Palaeolithic humans, the biome of savanna and dry woodland supported source populations and other biomes acted as sinks, and in the post-glacial period there has not been enough time for displacements and admixture of human populations to completely blur these differences.


Erratum to: Most of the extant mtDNA boundaries in South and Southwest Asia were likely shaped during the initial settlement of Eurasia by anatomically modern humans
Analysis of the mtDNA haplogroups, which are shared between Indian and Iranian populations and exhibit coalescence ages corresponding to around the early Upper Paleolithic, indicates that they are present in India largely as Indian-specific sub-lineages.
A short history of Tibet, E.P
  • 1962
Mitochondrial and Y-chromosome diversity of the Tharus (Nepal): a reservoir of genetic variation
Although remarkable quantitative and qualitative differences appear among the various population groups and also between sexes within the same group, many mitochondrial-DNA and Y-chromosome lineages are shared or derived from ancient Indian haplogroups, thus revealing a deep shared ancestry between Tharus and Indians.
The Himalayas as a directional barrier to gene flow.
The results suggest that the Tibetans and Nepalese are in part descendants of Tibeto-Burman-speaking groups originating from Northeast Asia and indicate gene flow from the Indian subcontinent and, in the case of haplogroup R, from Eurasia as well.
The Prehistory of the Tibetan Plateau to the Seventh Century A.D.: Perspectives and Research from China and the West Since 1950
Until recently, there has been no sense of a Tibetan prehistory. Beginning in the 1970s, however, Chinese archaeologists began to systematically explore the plateau, and began to draw an outline of