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Sex-Specific Genetic Data Support One of Two Alternative Versions of the Foundation of the Ruling Dynasty of the Nso' in Cameroon.

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Sex-specific genetic data favor a specific variant of the oral history of the kingdom of Nso' (a Grassfields city-state in Cameroon) in which the royal family traces its descent from a founding ancestress who married into an autochthonous hunter-gatherer group. The distributions of Y chromosome and mitochondrial DNA variation in the Nso' in general and in the ruling dynasty in particular are consistent with specific Nso' marriage practices, suggesting strict conservation of the royal social c...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted Manuscript

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10.1086/590119

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Veeramah, KR More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford
Mendell, NR More by this author
Connell, BA More by this author
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Publisher:
University of Chicago Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Current anthropology Journal website
Volume:
49
Issue:
4
Pages:
707-714
Publication date:
2008-08-05
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EISSN:
1537-5382
ISSN:
0011-3204
URN:
uuid:5696bc2f-f196-46be-b356-4c0080215c4c
Source identifiers:
267895
Local pid:
pubs:267895
Language:
English

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