West Eurasian mtDNA lineages in India: an insight into the spread of the Dravidian language and the origins of the caste system

  title={West Eurasian mtDNA lineages in India: an insight into the spread of the Dravidian language and the origins of the caste system},
  author={Malliya gounder Palanichamy and Bikash Mitra and Cailing Zhang and Monojit Debnath and Gui-Mei Li and Hua-Wei Wang and Suraksha Agrawal and Tapas Kumar Chaudhuri and Ya-ping Zhang},
  journal={Human Genetics},
There is no indication from the previous mtDNA studies that west Eurasian-specific subclades have evolved within India and played a role in the spread of languages and the origins of the caste system. To address these issues, we have screened 14,198 individuals (4208 from this study) and analyzed 112 mitogenomes (41 new sequences) to trace west Eurasian maternal ancestry. This has led to the identification of two autochthonous subhaplogroups—HV14a1 and U1a1a4, which are likely to have… 

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