Mitochondrial DNA of Ancient Cumanians: Culturally Asian Steppe Nomadic Immigrants with Substantially More Western Eurasian Mitochondrial DNA Lineages

  title={Mitochondrial DNA of Ancient Cumanians: Culturally Asian Steppe Nomadic Immigrants with Substantially More Western Eurasian Mitochondrial DNA Lineages},
  author={Erika Bog{\'a}csi-Szab{\'o} and Tibor Kalm{\'a}r and Bernadett Cs{\'a}nyi and Gyongyver Tomory and {\'A}gnes Czibula and Katalin Priskin and Ferenc Horv{\'a}th and Christopher Stephen Downes and I. Rasko},
  journal={Human Biology},
  pages={639 - 662}
The Cumanians were originally Asian pastoral nomads who in the 13th century migrated to Hungary. We have examined mitochondrial DNA from members of the earliest Cumanian population in Hungary from two archeologically well-documented excavations and from 74 modern Hungarians from different rural locations in Hungary. Haplogroups were defined based on HVS I sequences and examinations of haplogroup-associated polymorphic sites of the protein coding region and of HVS II. To exclude contamination… 

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