They did a DNA test on the Cherchen man (the 3800 year old 6'6 tall dark blonde mummy and the oldest mummy found), and the beauty of Loulan (the red hair mummy), and both of these mummies contained East Asian Mongoloid DNA. Even the Chinese scientist were astonished. The Mongoloid component of the Tocharians are not from Han Chinese or pre Han Chinese, but most likely from Altaic types of Mongoloids such as Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Mongolians.
This obviously indicates that the Tocharians were already mixed for quite a few generations, since they looked mostly Caucasian. Very interesting. History books need to rewritten again, as intermingling between East and West occured at an even earlier date than conceived.
BTW, The Tocharians were not Iranic, its been proven over and over again. There language was so far from any Iranic language, that it needs its own seperate category: Tocharian.
New 2007 NG documentary on the mummies. It was released Nov 2007, and it aired on the National Geographic channel. It was very interesting It was again with Victor Mair, (the man whom brought the mummies into the Western World). The Chinese governement finally allowed more DNA test to go foward on just 12 mummies.
The conclusion on DNA test on all 12 samples of the Caucasoid mummies contained DNA from: Europe, Mesopotamia, Central Asia, Mongolia, India, and Siberia. So to make a long story short, the ending of the documentary concluded that Xinjiang was a crossroads town where people from all over came, traded, and mixed with each other. The documentary was incomplete but It was still good and informative. The documentary also stated that the test were not done and more information will be released once completed. They should have just finish the test before making this documentary as it was very vague but it was still informative.
Cherchen Man (dark blonde man that stood 6'6)
Beauty Of Loulan (red haired mummy)
Edited by GreyShades, 02 October 2009 - 09:05 AM.