An Analysis of Ancient Aztec mtDNA from Tlatelolco (2005)

An Analysis of Ancient Aztec mtDNA from Tlatelolco (2005)family tree

The Mexica/Aztec were not matrilineally related to the people of the Southwest, although they belong to the same Uto-Aztecan language group, according to this study. It’s complicated, but sharing a common language base does not mean that two or more groups are genetically related. However, the researchers don’t rule out the possibility of Mesoamerican males intermixing with Southwestern females during trade or raiding parties.

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