What's in a Surname? New Study Explores What the Evolution of Names Reveals About China, Beijing Normal University Study

Published: Apr 16, 2012

What can surnames tell us about the culture, genetics and history of our society? That is the question being answered by Chinese researchers who have traced the evolution of surnames across China. The research, published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, reveals how surnames can act as a genetic stamp, allowing scientists to trace lineage and understand the migrations and historical events which shaped modern China.

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