The Hazaras are a distinct ethnic group from central Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan of Mongoloid descent. Here, we sought to dissect the genetic admixture history of the Pakistani Hazaras and investigated their likely affiliation to ancient and extant West Eurasian populations. Our results indicated that the likely proportion of West Eurasian ancestry was low in the Hazaras and could be attributed putatively to a combination of Steppe populations from Early/Middle Bronze Age or Middle/Late Bronze Age and the Neolithic Iranians. Our results expand upon the current understanding and provide an improved resolution into the population history of the Pakistani Hazaras.
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