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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Turkic Dawn

The Turks who began to head to the United States in the 20th century may not have been the first Turkic people to reach noth America. Genetic, artistic and perhaps linguistic similarities have led to the newly respectable belief that some native Americans may descend from Central Asians who migrated over the Bering Strait.
The Moscow newspaper Izvestia, for instance, reported in 1998 that scientists had found a 72% correlation between genes of American Indians and a village in Russia's Central Asian republic of Tuva - and that the Turkic Tuvans looked exactly like American Indians too. Likewise, a University of Arizona study found a strong linkage between 19 Native Amrican groups and 15 from Siberia. The broadest study of Eurasia's genetic heritage yet, published in the U.S in 2001, found evidence to support ancient Turkic legends of being a major source of Eurasian populations.


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