Category «Genetics»

From the History of the Emergence of Crypto-Armenians

From the History of the Emergence of Crypto-Armenians

According to History Professor Salim Cöhce from the İnönü University in Turkey, about 600 thousand Armenians, mostly children, were converted to Islam only in 1915 – 1923. Those Armenians should now have about 4 million descendants in Turkey. According to Italian Professor Giovanni Guaita, at least 150 thousand Armenians, also mostly children, were converted to …

Armenians Show Genetic Affinity with 32 Ethnic Groups

Armenians Show Genetic Affinity

Recent studies conducted by the University of Oxford demonstrate that DNA analysis can uncover much more secrets of the origin of the human race than historical and archaeological discoveries. Thanks to a method called “Globetrotter” based on the analysis of phenotype fragments, scientists carried out the project “A genetic atlas of human admixture history”, which …

Edward Ghazaryan – The Father of Micro Miniature

Edward Ter-Ghazaryan – The Father of Micro Miniature

Edward Ghazaryan, a world-renowned Armenian micro miniaturist, is regarded as the creator of the art of micro miniature. Back in the 1950s, the European press was humming about an Armenian claiming to have created tiny artworks smaller than a needle eye. One German reader even sent a letter of disbelief to the artist. The reply …

Armenians Show Great Genetic Affinity to Ancient Europeans

Armenians Show Great Genetic Affinity to Ancient Europeans

A recent study of Armenian DNA revealed that modern Armenians show signs of mixture of local Bronze Age people. Those ancient populations, which demonstrate a high level of affinity to Neolithic Europeans, have maintained homogeneity for over three millennia. Armenians themselves are distinct from their neighbors. They have their own unique church, the Armenian Apostolic …

Spread of Agriculture from a Genetic Standpoint

Spread of Agriculture from a Genetic Standpoint

Recent genetic studies demonstrated that Neolithic farming spread from Armenian population into Europe. For example, haplogroup G features its highest diversity among Armenians, indicating that it originated with Armenians before spreading to Caucasus and Europe. Along with J2 clades, haplogroup G has been associated with the spread of agriculture in Europe in particular. The haplogroup …

New DNA study shows Armenian genetic traces across the world

New DNA study shows Armenian genetic traces across the world

A recent paper in the “Science” journal published by Hellenthal et al. (2014) revealed extensive admixture in human populations during the last few thousand years. Being a result of meeting and breeding of past populations, admixture leaves genetic traces within the descendants’ genomes. Unfortunately, over time, the genetic evidence decays and becomes hard to track. …

Armenians, “A Living Fossil” – Thousands of Years of Armenian Ancestry

Armenians, “A Living Fossil” – Thousands of Years of Armenian Ancestry

Recently, several genetic studies examined Armenian DNA, revealing some fascinating and, most importantly, consistent results. For instance, the 2014 Hellenthal et. al. study investigated worldwide human admixture history in the period of the past 4,000 years, allowing them to create a Genetic Atlas of human admixture. Oddly, experts could not identify any Armenian admixture for …

Recent Study Revealed the Armenian Origins of the Etruscans

Recent Study Revealed the Armenian Origins of the Etruscans

The onetime Etruria region located in present-day Central Italy gave birth to one of the first European civilizations. The origins of the Etruscan civilization have long been a subject of debates among scholars. Most of the known information has been gathered from ancient texts, archaeological findings, and, in the last few years, through genetic analyses. …

How Milk Arrived in Europe from the Armenian Highlands – the Milk Revolution

How Milk Arrived in Europe from the Armenian Highlands

Armenian Highlands are considered an important center of early technological and agricultural inventions. Thanks to its positioning at the crossroads between Europe, Middle East, and Asia, earliest human technologies and genetics spread to Europe during the Neolithic revolution, when humans abandoned hunting and gathering to start settling down. The oldest center of stock farming can …

The DNA of a 7,000 Years Old Tooth Found in Artsakh Fully Matches the Genome of Modern Armenians

The DNA of a 7,000 Years Old Tooth Found in Artsakh

Under the lead of anthropologist and geneticist Levon Yepiskoposyan, archaeologists from the UK, US, Denmark, and Armenia examined the caves near the Azokh village in the Republic of Artsakh. Their fruitful research resulted in the discovery of unique ancient artifacts, including a 7,000 years old human tooth. Thanks to the interior condition features of the …

Reconstruction of History Through Genetics

Reconstruction of History Through Genetics

The process of reconstruction of history through genetics is gaining momentum. Recently, the Armenian Highlands has brought many surprises, which makes scientists and leading experts believe that the history of mankind needs to be corrected up to the rewriting. Newest archaeological discoveries throughout the Armenian Highlands made by scientists from different countries greatly contribute to …