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  The homeland of Proto-Tungusic inferred from contemporary words and ancient genomes

Wang, C.-C., & Robbeets, M. (2020). The homeland of Proto-Tungusic inferred from contemporary words and ancient genomes. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 2: e8. doi:10.1017/ehs.2020.8.

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Wang, Chuan-Chao, Author
Robbeets, Martine1, Author              
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1Eurasia3angle, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2301699              

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Free keywords: archaeolinguistics, ancient DNA, Tungusic language family, homeland, Amur genome
 Abstract: The Tungusic languages form a language family spoken in Xinjiang, Siberia, Manchuria and the Russian Far East. There is a general consensus that these languages are genealogically related and descend from a common ancestral language, conventionally called ‘Proto-Tungusic’. However, the exact geographical location where the ancestral speakers of Proto-Tungusic originated from is subject to debate. Here we take an unprecedented approach to this problem, by integrating linguistic, archaeological and genetic evidence in a single study. Our analysis of ancient DNA suggests genetic continuity between an ancient Amur genetic lineage and the contemporary speakers of the Tungusic languages. Adding an archaeolinguistic perspective, we infer that the most plausible homeland for the speakers of Proto-Tungusic is the region around Lake Khanka in the Russian Far East. Our study pushes the field forward in answering the tantalizing question about the location of the Tungusic homeland and in illustrating how these three disciplines can converge into a holistic approach to the human past.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-04-22
 Publication Status: Published online
 Pages: 12
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1017/ehs.2020.8
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Title: Evolutionary Human Sciences
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Publ. Info: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 2 Sequence Number: e8 Start / End Page: - Identifier: Other: Evolutionary Human Sciences
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2513-843X