Lost Footsteps
Lost Footsteps

Before history

Myanmar's most mysterious neighbours:  the peoples of the Andaman Islands

The Andaman Islands are closer to Yangon than Mandalay.  They are today part of India.  But their indigenous peoples are perhaps the most isolated anywhere in the world.

There are today only several hundred native Andamanese people left.  They speak languages that are unrelated to any other.  

Genetically, they are closer to Asians than anyone else.  Interestingly, the few whose DNA have been tested are of the Y Haplogroup D-M174, which is found also in Tibet, Yunnan and Japan....

The genetic history of people in Myanmar

I've always been interested in the genetic history of people in Myanmar but there is very little information, as very few studies have been undertaken here compared to other countries. In 2013 I took a DNA test in the United States. The test reveals both (1) my paternal line (Y-chromosone) haplogroup and (2) my maternal line (mtDNA) haplogroup. 

"Burmese", "Myanmar", "Bamar" etc are recent identities. Both my parents and all four of my grandparents are "Burman" or "Bamar" but that...