Where did Indians originate from?
Did they just start popping up in India?
- Erik Van ThienenLv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Modern Indians, or maybe just their culture and languages, maybe come from southern Siberia and Central Asia, the region of what is now Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, maybe 4000 years ago or maybe earlier.
"Isolated remains of Homo erectus in Hathnora in the Narmada Valley in Central India indicate that India might have been inhabited since at least the Middle Pleistocene era, somewhere between 200,000 to 500,000 years ago."
"Modern humans seem to have settled the subcontinent towards the end of the last Ice Age, or approximately 12,000 years ago. The first confirmed permanent settlements appeared 9,000 years ago in the Rock Shelters of Bhimbetka in modern Madhya Pradesh."
"The Vedic Civilization is the Indo-Aryan culture associated with the Vedas, which are some of the oldest extant texts, orally composed in Vedic Sanskrit. Most scholars today postulate a Indo-Aryan migration into India, proposing that early Indo-Aryan speaking tribes migrated into the north-west regions of the Indian subcontinent in the early 2nd millennium BCE. The nature of this migration, the place of origin of the Proto-Indo-Iranian speakers, and sometimes even the very existence of the Aryans as a separate people are debated, a phenomenon termed the 'Indigenous Aryan debate' by Edwin Bryant."
"History of India" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_India
"Cave sites in Sri Lanka have yielded the earliest record of modern homo sapiens in South Asia. They were dated to 34,000 years ago . (Kennedy 2000: 180). mtDNA analysis dates the immigration of Homo sapiens to South Asia to 70 to 60 thousand years ago."
"Based on a syntheses of fossil, artifact, and genetic data, Michael Petraglia and Hannah James argue that modern humans arrived there about 70,000 years ago."
"South Asian Stone Age" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Asian_Stone_Age
"Indo-Aryan migration is a hypothesis, based on linguistic evidence, regarding the expansion of speakers of Indo-Aryan languages following the breakup of Proto-Indo-Iranian and the subsequent Indo-Iranian expansion out of Central Asia (Mallory 1989). It notably concerns theories of the intrusion of Indo-Aryan languages into the Indian subcontinent in the early 2nd millennium BC, and the interaction with the remnants of the Indus Valley civilization, a process that gave rise to Vedic civilization (Parpola 2005)."
"The earliest written evidence for an Indo-Aryan language dates to about 1500 BCE (Mallory & Mair 2000) and is found in northern Syria (Mallory 1989) in Hittite records regarding one of their neighbors, the Hurrian-speaking Mitanni(Mallory & Mair 2000)."
"However, received opinion rejects the possibility that the Indo-Aryans of Mitanni came from the Indian subcontinent as well as the possibility that the Indo-Aryans of the Indian subcontinent came from the territory of Mitanni, leaving migration from the north the only likely scenario (Mallory 1989)."
"Indo-Aryan migration" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indo-Aryan_migration
"The hypothesis of Indigenous Aryans posits that speakers of Indo-Aryan languages are "indigenous" to the Indian subcontinent. The hypothesis is that the Vedic and pre-Vedic language evolved out of an earlier stage in situ, somewhere in Northern India. The "Indigenous Aryans" position may entail an Indian origin of Indo-European languages, and in recent years, the concept has been increasingly conflated with an "Out of India" origin of the Indo-European language family, a theory which has virtually no support in mainstream scholarship. This contrasts with the mainstream model of Indo-Aryan migration which posits that Indo-Aryan tribes migrated to India."
"(Witzel 2006, pp. 217) identifies three major types of revisionist scenario:
- a "mild" version that insists on the indigeneity of the Rigvedic Aryans to the Punjab in the tradition of Aurobindo and Dayananda;
- the "out of India" school that posits India as the Proto-Indo-European homeland;
- the position that all the world's languages and civilizations derive from India, represented e.g. by David Frawley or Graham Hancock."
"Theory of Indigenous Aryans in India" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_Aryan_deba...
"Aryan Invasion Theory (history and controversies)" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_invasion_theory...
"Andronovo culture" : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andronovo
- Anonymous1 decade ago
t has been commonly accepted as fact that the earliest inhabitants of North America migrated here from Asia via the Bering Land Bridge once connecting ,or closely connecting, Asia and North America. Until recently, it was unanimously thought this occurred during the last Ice Age, or about 11,000 years ago. Today however, some archaeologists believe the Paleo-Indians arrived in North America much earlier, or about 35,000-40,000 years ago. There is no known evidence of this yet however. Due to the perils which kept the ancient populations low, it may be awhile before evidence is found substantiating this.
Recent Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and Y chromosome studies seem to suggest these ‘Asian origin’ theories are correct but anthropological genetics is a fairly new field and more research and a larger data base is needed. Uncertainty remains because of the variables involved, especially because of the unknown mating habits in ancient times. We’ve been cautioned not to draw too much from DNA findings just yet. However, so far it appears American Indians have five distinctive DNA differences suggesting they came from five different areas within Asia.
While probably the earliest inhabitants of North America originated in eastern Asia, we shouldn’t really be surprised to learn that some came from India, western Asia, Europe and from Africa. Ultimately their survival rates and mating habits determined the genetic makeup of the American natives living today
- sinesLv 43 years ago
easily, Jim, extra at the moment they have found strategies and pottery that dated back more beneficial than 20,000 years in the past. so a suggestions as your DNA analyze is worried, it would really puzzling to easily coach something you in basic terms reported thinking the reality that there are not any finished blooded Indians left. therefore the DNA they have interaction with will be from the different bloodlines interior of them. i'm prepared to guess that Our tribes, North, significant, and South American, have continually been the following. All you've is understood and suggestive accusations, no longer something extra, yet it really is something to imagine about. the position did each and each and every of the white human beings come from? If the creation of guy began in Africa( at the same time as each and each and every of the continents were mutually) how did white human beings lose their pigment and change right into a separate race?
- faithLv 41 decade ago
there are many debates about where Indians originated and how the happened to be in America. One theory states that there was a "land bridge" from Siberia to Alaska. but then the glaciers melted and covered it.Source(s): "Don't Know Much About History" by Kenneth C. Davis
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- acidtenLv 51 decade ago
They are Aryans. They are from Arya, present-day Russia.
(North Indians at least)
- 5 years ago
ESAU descendants......remember according to the bible "WHICH IS THE WORD OF GOD"....HE WAS HAIRY AND RED
- 1 decade ago