Genetics and the Origins of the Chinese

Abstract

China is an extremely important region in anthropology not only for its enormous population size and diversely morphological, cultural and linguistic characteristics, but also for its abundant and successive hominid fossil records. Tracing the origin of modern Chinese and reconstructing its prehistory undoubtedly become one of the most intriguing and challenging issues for scientists.

Keywords: Chinese; anthropology; genetics; origin; mtDNA

Figure 1.

The summarization of basal haplogroups from East Asia, South Asia and Oceania on the basis of the reconstructed phylogenetic tree.

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Kong, Qing‐Peng, Pan, Hui, and Zhang, Ya‐Ping(Jul 2008) Genetics and the Origins of the Chinese. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020805]