Study finds that Ancient Aztecs and Incas are genetically related to people from Siberia

After nearly a century of speculation and theories, an international team of geneticists has obtained conclusive evidence proving that the Incas and Iroquois are closely related to people of Altai, a Siberian region that borders China and Mongolia.


The study proves how ancient Aztec’s, Incas, possibly Pre-Inca cultures, Iroquois and other natives of the Americas are closely related to people near the villages of Altai in Russia.

According to a study performed by a group of international geneticists, ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs, the Incas, Iroquois and other American cultures are closely related to villages of Altai, a Russian region located between Siberia, China, and Mongolia. However, the idea that these people are related isn’t a new theory and has already been considered as a possibility by numerous researchers dating back  a century at least.

The idea that people from Siberia and surrounding area migrated through northeastern Russia and Alaska, to America, is something that has been suspected for a century by numerous researchers. However, until today, no one had managed to prove it. Now, thanks to Russian geneticist Oleg Balanovski, this migratory theory has been scientifically corroborated.

Dr. Balanovsky’s research also proved that some Native Americans have kinship with the indigenous populations of Australia.

The current study confirms the theory that the Altai peoples are closely related to Native Americans,” said geneticist Valery Ilyinsky at the RAS Institute of General Genetics. ”We now have clear proof, and it is useless to contest it.”

Through the comparative study of Native Americans and their Siberian ancestors, contrasted with the rest of the world, researchers were able to establish that the ancestors of Aboriginal peoples, like the Aztec and  Inca, arrived at the ‘New World’ possibly over 30 thousand years ago, from Siberia.

However, the results of the study led to another great discovery:

Besides Siberian ancestors, some Native Americans showed a puzzling relation to the indigenous peoples of Australia and Melanesia in the Pacific Ocean,” remarked Dr. Balanovsky. “This is astounding because they are located in an almost opposite part on the planet.”

It is somewhat surprising, as these regions are almost diametrically opposed, “says Balanovski.

A HUGE landbridge connecting continents

According to,  Scientists already know how humans traveled to the Americas from Altai. “Instead of the Bering Strait there was a land bridge [30,000 years ago], because during the Ice Age much water was locked in glaciers and the level of the world’s oceans was lower,” Dr. Balanovsky explained.

He added that it’s still not clear whether migration from Australia and Melanesia to the Americas was direct across the ocean, or by going up along the coast and via the Aleutian Islands. Archaeologists continue to study this issue.

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  1. Hard to see the link between Aborigines and Native Americans. Maybe via Polynesians who have some links to Melanesians but are genetically mapped to indigenous Taiwanese and Filipino peoples. But after contact with Melanesians, not before. Although my science teacher did tell me Australian Abo’s could be the missing link, 50,000+ years they have inhabited that continent. So maybe it’s not the out of Africa thoery but out of Australia.

  2. “We now have clear proof, and it is useless to contest it.”
    Wow, sounds like the president….yet, just because you’ve stated it doesn’t mean it’s true. You haven’t said what proof you have. I don’t think anyone wants to really contest it anyway, but phrasing it like you did makes it sound like these theories are being pushed on me and I’m forced to believe it….Scientist A and Migrationist B along with Geneticist C have all collaborated and said so. Sorry, but until the genomes have been studied and reported on I’ll treat this like the “4 out of 5 dentists surveyed” line.

  3. My understanding, for as long as I’ve been alive, is that the peoples populating North and South America got there by crossing the Bering Strait…. so yes… obviously, they came from Siberia. The specific location is the only thing that’s been under scrutiny for some years

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