Genetic map of Europe: How to dispel atavistic prejudices about Serbs

Internet entrepreneur Istok Pavlovic published on his Facebook profile a very interesting post that reveals, in details, the greatest prejudice that Serbs have darker skin and hair due to mixing with the Turks, writes Serbian daily “Kurir”.

His post contains genetic map of Europe, made according to the distribution of haplogroups, that shows in detail that the assumption is wrong because Serbian and Turkish genes are different.

A haplotype is a group of genes in an organism that are inherited together from a single parent, and a haplogroup is a group of similar haplotypes that share a common ancestor with a single-nucleotide polymorphism mutation. More specifically, a haplogroup is a combination of alleles at different chromosomes regions that are closely linked and that tend to be inherited together. As a haplogroup consists of similar haplotypes, it is usually possible to predict a haplogroup from haplotypes.

Haplogroups pertain to a single line of descent, usually dating back thousands of years. As such, membership of a haplogroup, by any individual, relies on a relatively small proportion of the genetic material possessed by that individual.

“The famous myth ‘we are all black, this is because of being 500 years under the Turks’, actually does not make sense. Serbian and Turkish genes are very different. Our ‘black’ actually comes from the natives of the Balkans (Thracians, Illyrians, Dacians…) who mingled with Slavs when they moved here. Serbs have very little “Slovenian” genes (R-M458, which are considered typical Slovenian genes are represented in us maximum 12%,” Istok Pavlavic said.

What has most probably happened is that the “black” natives of the Balkan acquired the language of the newcomers, the Slavs who were some kind of “elite”. The Slavs dominated culturally, and Thracians and Illyrians genetically because they were numerous. Nature knows no Serbs, Croats, Bosniaks, Albanians… all Balkan nations are quite similar, such as Norwegians and Swedes. Our differences are purely cultural, Pavlovic said.

“Actually, the whole setting in which we compare the Serbs with Turks, Russians, Bulgarians… is wrong. Nature knows no ‘nations’. Complete paradigm of genetics is in complete contradiction with the paradigm of ‘nation’. All people are combination of different groups of genes. Macedonians and Serbs have most of the same genes (96%). Besides, Serbs are most similar to the Greeks and Hungarians,” Pavlovic concluded.

(InSerbia, Kurir, 13.11.2016)

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One Reply to “Genetic map of Europe: How to dispel atavistic prejudices about Serbs”

  1. jj says:

    I think the “Slavic” language probably developed in or around the Balkans and then expanded outward. The Slavs have genes from the Balkans which had spread out 7-8 thousand years ago, and the “pre-Slav” of “Slav” language would go out with them and then move back towards again a few thousand years later.
    The most predominant genetic marker in Serbs goes back 10,000 years in the Balkans. The “South Slavs” are different than the other/true Slavs. But the other/true Slavs have that marker in second place. So the ancient people of the Balkans expanded out and mixed with others in the north and east and some of these people were the ancestors of the (non South) Slavs.
    Also, the ancient Greeks were dark-haired, eyed and had tan/olive skin, judging from their artwork with colors preserved on urns, for example. There were others all around the Adriatic who were dark long, long before the Ottomans came.

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