Human journey through the course of History is a very fascinating one no doubt. People move from one land to another and become someone else in a course of few generations.
As one of the learn-ed members on this forum has pointed out - most of the well known writers focus on just the male lineages.
Originally Posted by Frank81
Whatever the case, from my point of view mithocondrial DNA is as important as Y-DNA in order to clarify the demographic past of any given region. But for some reason, authors and people in general insist on focusing around the later only. And this is missleading.
This thread is an attempt to study the various mtDNA or female lineages which have comprised the human population inhabiting the land we now know as India through the course of History.
We must bear in mind that India is one of the most diverse linguistic regions in the world and the school History textbooks provide a very simplistic explanation for this. I have read in a few articles that the basic underlying racial similarity in the present Indian population stems from a small founder population of females in the remote past.
We must bear in mind that India has the second highest genetic diversity in the world, according to Wikipedia [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Founder_effect"]Founder effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] mtDNA is passed from Mother to offspring of both sexes while the Y-DNA is transferred from Father to Son ---> [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup"]Haplogroup - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
The 3 most common mtDNA lineages found in India are : M
---> M2, M3, M4, M6, M18, M25 R
---> R2, R5, R6 U
---> U2*, U2a, U2b, U2c, U2i, U7 ... mtDNA U is a subset of mtDNA R
[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetics_and_archaeogenetics_of_South_Asia"]Genetics and archaeogenetics of South Asia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame] Related Thread ~ http://www.historum.com/asian-histor...languages.html