The remains of ancient women were found in a cave in Russia. In spite of the initial thoughts, the women might date closer to the modern population.
They are believed to have 7,700 years. After a much closer investigation and after being analyzed genetically, the scientists realized they might not be that old.
Their genetics are really similar to the ones of the modern population. This makes scientists believe that the Eastern side of Russia wasn’t as visited by migrators in the last 8,000 years.
The remains are from two women. One of them is estimated to have twenty years, while the other is in her 50s. The genetic line is pretty much unbroken.
“Genetically speaking, the populations across northern East Asia have changed very little for around eight millennia,” said a professor who lead the research.
The cave where the remains were found is close to the border with North Korea.
The first time the cave was explored was in 1973. They found many bones, stones, tools, and five skeletons from humans.
When they studied the 50-year-old’s skull, they managed to find the following: she had brown hair and brown eyes and was lactose intolerant.
The researchers were astounded by how different the genes between the East-Europeans and the Western Europeans are.
The eastern side of Russia was more isolated than the rest of the country and researchers believe the climate is to blame.
The scientists will still run tests to see how much the population really changed over time. They also want to establish why the migrations have been less in the area.