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January 07, 2003

Gots a little Oz in me?

This paper indicates that there might be some relationship between the tribal peoples of India and the Australian Aborigines. Well, I might have to lay off on the jokes about Aborigines forgetting about the bow and arrow after they showed up if they're kith & kin....

Posted by razib at 10:07 PM




Curse that Human Races site and its ridiculously low bandwidth limit.

Posted by: Oleg at January 8, 2003 04:16 PM


Someday I'll have a clue to what `tribal' means in India.

Posted by: Anton Sherwood at January 10, 2003 10:32 PM


"adivasis" or tribals tend to inhabit marginal land and exist outside the caste system. they eat meat, even beef, and engage in animal sacrifice as part of their animistic religion. only one tribe in india speaks an indo-european language are the bhils. most tribal people live in the south and center as well as the east, speak dravidian, tibeto-burman and munda languages. most dalits are probably of tribal origin, but have been hinduized-a good analogy would be a "mestizo" that speaks spanish but is genetically indigenous.

Posted by: razib at January 11, 2003 12:19 AM


I can't interpret the genetic info presented; but if true it begs the question: how and why did those spermies travel that far? That's some moxie!

Razib, love the site and your observations.

Out of curiosity, where are the majority of the bhil located?

Posted by: jim cooley at January 13, 2003 12:12 AM