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Some of the earliest modern humans in China may have come from Myanmar by river

By Stephen Chen
South China Morning Post

New research suggests early Chinese settlers originated in Myanmar. Photo: Reuters

Some of the earliest modern humans in China may have come from Myanmar by river, according to a new paper published in the latest issue of international journal Scientific Reports.

The study, conducted by researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Kunming Institute of Zoology, found the genetic origin of many people in Southwest China could be traced to ancient populations in Myanmar, especially the Barma, Karen and Rakhine peoples.

The findings suggest that Myanmar, also known as Burma, was an important settlement in the migration route of early humans to China.

After moving out of Africa and reaching Southeast Asia around 60,000 years ago, some human ancestors likely arrived in Myanmar 50,000 years ago and…

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