A good CV would boost a Scythian career

If you were born and grew up on the Pontic Steppe, and in some non-Scythian society, well it seems as if it did not matter so much. If you wanted to become a Scythian, you could anyway. Becoming a Scythian would have worked, but probably not a Srubnayan. We went over 35 genomes from different groups from the region, and while Scythians contained a lot of genetic variation, the Srubnayans did not.


It is an international collaborative piece of work we publish today in Science Advances. With many authors who have all been important in pulling it together, including scientists from all three major aDNA laboratories in Sweden (SU, UU, and NRM). But it is, again, the dynamic pair made up by Maja Krzewinska and Gulsah Merve Kilinc who drove the whole thing and put in most work. When they do, it always turns out good. But back to the data. The Scythians were a really genetically diverse group, but the Cimmerians were diverse in their genetics to some extent too. Which, of course, opens for the possibility that Conan the Barbarian (who is by far the most famous Cimmerian) could have been as much of a migrant as is, just to mention an example, Arnold Schwarzenegger to California.

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The grave known as ”Romeo & Juliette


This photo, as well as the cover one, were produced and provided by Iia Shuteleva and Nikolai Shcherbakov.