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Turkik burial found in the Altai Mountains

A Turkik burial dating back to the 6th century A.D. has been found in the Altai Mountains in Mongolia. The ancient human remains are wrapped in felt but the excavation is being hailed as the first complete Turkik burial found in Central Asia. B.Sukhbaatar, researcher at Khovd Museum, said: 'This person

33,000-year-old canine DNA closely resembles modern dogs

A DNA sample taken from a 33,000-year-old canine skull found in Siberia has been found to be a closer match to a modern dog's DNA than to a wolves. The researchers then compared the genetic sequences from the Altai specimen with gene sequences from 72 modern dogs of 70 different breeds,

Genetic study of Scythian skeletons reveal cultural crossover

A DNA study carried out on the bones and teeth of Scythian skeletons found in the Altai mountains of Mongolia is revealing the genetic blending between European and Asian people. Researchers at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain, extracted mitochondrial DNA from the bones and teeth of skeletons found in the

2,500-year-old tattooed princess to go on display

A mummified 2,500-year-old princess, with beautiful tattoos all over her body, is set to go on display this month at a Russian museum. [Thanks to Katya for the link!] The well-preserved mummy, known as the Ukok princess, was found by a scientist in the permafrost of the Altai Mountains near the

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