Status of Austro-Asiatic groups in the peopling of India: An exploratory study based on the available prehistoric, linguistic and biological evidences

  title={Status of Austro-Asiatic groups in the peopling of India: An exploratory study based on the available prehistoric, linguistic and biological evidences},
  author={Vikrant Kumar and B. Mohan Reddy},
  journal={Journal of Biosciences},
Among the most contentious currently debated issues is about the people who had settled first in the Indian subcontinent. It has been suggested that the communities affiliated to the Austro-Asiatic linguistic family are perhaps the first to settle in India and the palaeoanthropological evidences suggest the earliest settlement probably around 60,000 years BP. Recent speculations, based on both traditional genetic markers and DNA markers, seem to corroborate the aforesaid view. However, these… 
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The present study suggests that the vast majority (>98%) of the Indian maternal gene pool, consisting of Indio-European and Dravidian speakers, is genetically more or less uniform.
Origins of the Austro‐Asiatic Populations
A common paternal origin of Austro-Asiatics and the migration of paternal ancestors of Austo-Asiatic populations from East to South Asia, followed by the origin ofAustro- asiatic languages which subsequently spread to Southeast Asia, with primarily male-mediated migrations is inferred.
Y-chromosome evidence suggests a common paternal heritage of Austro-Asiatic populations
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A microsatellite study to disentangle the ambiguity of linguistic, geographic, ethnic and genetic influences on tribes of India to get a better clarity of the antiquity and peopling of South Asia.
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Insights into the demographic history of Asia from common ancestry and admixture in the genomic landscape of present-day Austroasiatic speakers
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Re-evaluating the linguistic prehistory of South Asia
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The Austroasiatic Munda Population from India and Its Enigmatic Origin: A HLA Diversity Study
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Different population histories of the Mundari- and Mon-Khmer-speaking Austro-Asiatic tribes inferred from the mtDNA 9-bp deletion/insertion polymorphism in Indian populations
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The Indo-Aryan Races A Study of the Origin of Indo-Aryan People and Institutions
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Analysis of variation at DNA level in contemporary human populations of India has provided evidence that mitochondrial DNA haplotypes based on RFLPs are strikingly similar across ethnic groups of India, consistent with the hypothesis that a small number of females entered India during the initial process of the peopling of India.
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Multiple origins of the mtDNA 9-bp deletion in populations of South India.
Phylogenetic analyses of mtDNA control region sequence from individuals with the 9-bp deletion indicate that it has arisen independently in some Indian tribal populations, implying multiple origins of the 9 -bp deletion in South India.
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Genetic evidence does not support an independent origin of Homo sapiens in China, and it is more likely that ancestors of the populations currently residing in East Asia entered from Southeast Asia.
Genetic evidence of an early exit of Homo sapiens sapiens from Africa through eastern Africa
M is rendered the first genetic indicator for the hypothesized exit route from Africa through eastern Africa/western India, possibly the only successful early dispersal event of modern humans out of Africa.
Pre-Caucasoid and Caucasoid genetic features of the Indian population, revealed by mtDNA polymorphisms.
The hypothesis that the DdeI(10,394)AluI (10,397) (++) haplotype predated the Indo-European invasion and probably the split between proto-Indians and proto-Orientals is strongly supported.
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Genetic distances among the Ho tribe and other groups of Central Indians.
The Ho, a settled tribal group of Chota Nagpur, India, were tested for five genetic characters and Affinities of these tribes are discussed taking into consideration the languages spoken by them.