Phylogenetic evidence for Sino-Tibetan origin in northern China in the Late Neolithic

  title={Phylogenetic evidence for Sino-Tibetan origin in northern China in the Late Neolithic},
  author={M. Zhang and Shi Yan and Wuyun Pan and L. Jin},
The study of language origin and divergence is important for understanding the history of human populations and their cultures. The Sino-Tibetan language family is the second largest in the world after Indo-European, and there is a long-running debate about its phylogeny and the time depth of its original divergence1. Here we perform a Bayesian phylogenetic analysis to examine two competing hypotheses of the origin of the Sino-Tibetan language family: the ‘northern-origin hypothesis’ and the… Expand
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