Acta Anthropologica Sinica ›› 2021, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (01): 1-11.doi: 10.16359/j.cnki.cn11-1963/q.2020.0078

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A study of the mitochondrial genome of ancient inhabitants from the Latuotanggu cemetery, Tibet, China

DING Manyu1,2,3(), HE Wei4, WANG Tianyi1,2,5, Shargan Wangdue4, ZHANG Ming1,2,3, CAO Peng1,2, LIU Feng1,2, DAI Qingyan1,2, FU Qiaomei1,2,3()   

  1. 1. Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100044
    2. CAS Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Beijing 100044
    3. University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049
    4. Tibet Cultural Relics Protection Institute, Lhasa 850000
    5. College of Cultural Heritage, Northwest University, Xi’an 710000
  • Received:2019-02-26 Revised:2019-05-07 Online:2021-02-15 Published:2021-02-25
  • Contact: FU Qiaomei;


With rapid advances in next generation sequencing technologies, we have extracted three ancient DNA from samples from Tibet. With a dataset of present-day East Asians, we tried to reconstruct the history of this region using population genetic methods. Using the mtDNA genome, our study focused on the maternal relationship between ancient Tibetans living in 700BP and present-day populations, which revealed a genetic continuity on Tibetan plateau between the LaTuoTangGu (LTTG) cemetery and present-day Tibetans. This study is the first mtDNA genomic research of high elevation Tibetans.

Key words: Tibet, Ancient DNA, Mitochondrial genome, Latuotanggu, Neolithic

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