Genetic History of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs Suggests Bronze Age Multiple-Way Contacts in Eurasia

  title={Genetic History of Xinjiang’s Uyghurs Suggests Bronze Age Multiple-Way Contacts in Eurasia},
  author={Qidi Feng and Yan Lu and Xumin Ni and Kai Yuan and Ya-jun Yang and Xiong Yang and Chang Liu and Haiyi Lou and Zhilin Ning and Yuchen Wang and Dongsheng Lu and Chao Zhang and Ying Zhou and Meng Shi and Lei Tian and Xiaoji Wang and Xi Zhang and Jing Li and Asifullah Khan and Yaqun Guan and Kun Tang and Sijia Wang and Shuhua Xu},
  journal={Molecular Biology and Evolution},
The Uyghur people residing in Xinjiang, a territory located in the far west of China and crossed by the Silk Road, are a key ethnic group for understanding the history of human dispersion in Eurasia. Here we assessed the genetic structure and ancestry of 951 Xinjiang's Uyghurs (XJU) representing 14 geographical subpopulations. We observed a southwest and northeast differentiation within XJU, which was likely shaped jointly by the Tianshan Mountains, which traverses from east to west as a… 

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