Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Chinese descendents of long-lost Romans?

In Liqian, a settlement in north-western China on the fringes of the Gobi desert, many locals have unmistakable "western characteristics — green eyes, big noses, and even blonde hair — mixed with traditional Chinese features."

Right now, DNA tests are being conducted to test a theory first proposed in the 1950s: that these residents of Liqian are descended from Roman soldiers.

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