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  1. Nicu

    Origin of Red Hair in Jewish Populations?

    True, beards sometimes have different colors than the rest and are governed by a different set of genes. Heck, I have very dark brown head hair but there is more auburn and light brown color around the middle part of my beard, go figure. I met people who had straight up red beards and brown hair...
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    Origin of Red Hair in Jewish Populations?

    Rightfully or not, there has been a prevailing stereotype in much of Europe, especially Central and Eastern, that reddish hair is often associated with Jewish people (some of this has to do with negative stereotypes stemming from the Bible), but there is something to it, as it seems they have...
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    Your physical idea of what Yamnayans look-like.

    Tarim Mummies were found not to be the Afanasievo IE Tocharians (which did indeed have Yamnaya ancestry) but rather an earlier layer, remnants of some ancient Siberian Ice Age refuge population I believe, like more ANE like the Mal'ta people.
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    Alexandra Botez, chess player

    Canadian chess player of Romanian parents who has been one of the best females in the game in recent years
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    I agree. I think specifically a subset of Romanians can certainly bear a resemblance to some Aromanians (who seem probably a little less diverse within their population, which is much smaller anyway), and accordingly I expect a subset of Romanians will have closer genetic ties to...
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    Irish Actor Barry Keoghan

    Maybe, but he's also got some stronger cheekbones too, coarse thick straight hair, and weak facial hair growth, also associated with Asian populations. Not saying he can't be Irish, but yeah I think some kind of ANE component is definitely possible. Sometimes things pop up from latent gene...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Yes that goes to show you that Vlach culture at this time had various cultural elements and influences. They took on names from whatever population they happened to be surrounded by or was dominant in an area (like Slavs/Bulgarians/Cumans), and sometimes also used names originating from their...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Probably. Basarab itself as a name seems to be of Turkic (Cuman or Pecheneg) origin, although sources unanimously described him as a Vlach. His father seems to have been named Thocomerius, another name of that type. Based on his appearance in the earliest depictions, he doesn't look very Central...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Whoops yeah that was a typo on my part, writing too much too quickly here lol.
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Yes, they are from Timok in Serbia, I meant that they have a dialectal relationship to nearby Banat and Oltenia regions of Romania. By the way, here is some Megleno-Romanian spoken (also in northern Greece), but it feels closer to regular Romanian than Aromanian does.
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Ro. falcă - Ar. falcã, meaning “jaw”, but from Latin ‘falx, falcem’ (which meant “sickle”, with a unique development of East Romance, comparing the shape of the jaw bone to a sickle) Ro. măsea(uă) - Ar. mãseauã, meaning “molar tooth”, from Latin ‘maxilla’ (which meant “jaw” in general, showing...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    If you actually look closely enough, it's so painfully and blatantly obvious that all East Romance (including Romanian and Aromanian) uniquely developed together as the same language way after Latin was a thing, and yes, probably south of the Danube. There's a direct correspondence or...
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    Vlach haplogroups & deep ancestry?

    It's interesting the Sampul tapestry was mentioned. I recall when I was browsing around the Wiki articles for Greco-Bactrians seeing that image and thinking it reminded me vaguely of some distant relations that were Aromanian, like my great-grandfather. But obviously this man depicted is just...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    The bagpipe and flute is also found in different Vlach and Romanian music, attesting to the importance of sheep in these cultures (using the stomachs as the bags) Romanian bagpipe (cimpoi, or sometimes gaida regionally) Here are some Vlachs from northern Serbia (but these are very closely...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Yeah I think so too. My background is from Oltenia (my dad's fam from Caracal and Craiova) and my mom's mostly from Turnu Severin, although she also has some Aromanian from Greek Macedonia that moved to Romania in the late 19th cent. Here's an Oltenian folk dance And a folk costume from the...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Oh of course. I never meant to imply otherwise. I tried to choose my words carefully to convey that while it is closer to Romanian than Aromanian *is*, it is not closer to Romanian than it is to Aromanian. Maybe some people do misinterpret that, yes. But it is interesting that what eventually...
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    Irish Actor Barry Keoghan

    This guy is 100% Irish in background Is it just me or does he look like pseudo half Korean or something lol?
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Not sure if I did it right, but apparently R-FTA30946? Which seems to be most common in France, oddly... That's kinda weird... so it's something Celtic maybe then? Here I was thinking the L-23 I got was through some local Thracian source eventually straight to the IE Yamnaya culture going...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Hm, I wonder about this. I'd imagine most of the Turkic/Central Asian input was restricted to the lowland regions of the south and east rather than the mountains in the center, and that what little there was of these politically dominant elite groups was soaked up by first a mixture of whatever...
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    Origin of the Eastern Romance or Vlach Peoples

    Yep, I pretty much agree with most of this; it's what I've been saying. As far as one haplogroup becoming dominant at the expense of another, there could be many reasons for it, and the process could even be largely internal to a population, in which proportions of existing haplogroups change...
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