Genetic Testing of Language Replacement Hypothesis in Southwest Asia

  title={Genetic Testing of Language Replacement Hypothesis in Southwest Asia},
  author={Levon Yepiskoposian and A. Harutyunian and A. Khudoyan},
  journal={Iran and the Caucasus},
The regions of the Caucasus, Anatolia, and the Near East represent an extremely important area with respect to ancient population migration and expansion, and the spread of the Caucasian, Indo-European, Afro-Asiatic, and Altaic languages. We examined genetic variation within and between 12 ethno-territorial populations belonging to four major language families by using six microsatellites, or short tandem repeats (STR) and 12 Unique Event Polymorphism (UEP) loci mapped to the non-recombining… Expand

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