First settlers in China and the Orient were Indian migrants: Study
The ancestors of the contemporary population of China, Japan and other East Asian countries had migrated from India, according to a research study conducted by a team of scientists from 10 Asian countries.delhi Updated: Dec 12, 2009 01:34 IST
The ancestors of the contemporary population of China, Japan and other East Asian countries had migrated from India, according to a research study conducted by a team of scientists from 10 Asian countries.
The Minister of State for Science and Technology, Prithviraj Chavan, disclosed this while addressing a press conference at New Delhi on Friday.
He said that the findings of this research would help in understanding of migratory patterns human beings and allied social trends.
"The study shows that single entry or single migration (a wave of people), perhaps 40,000 or 50,000 years, migrated (from Africa) along the Indian coastal belt up to south India and it gradually migrated northwards and entire east Asian population including China upto Japan, Thailand, Indonesia all people seems to have gone from south India," said Prithviraj Chavan.
The path breaking study, in the evolution of humans and their spread across the world, will have major bearing on medical treatment.
"Therefore, it (the study) has great implication for medicine because whenever a new molecule is discovered or whenever a new treatment is discovered. We have to conduct substantial amount of human trial and therefore, we have found out significantly that particular groups of population react to a drug in certain way," added Prithviraj Chavan.
Ten countries - India, China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand - were part of this scientific study and analysis.