LACK OF EXTERNAL GENETIC TRACES IN THE ARMENIAN GENE POOL

Geographic distribution (%) of Y-chromosomal haplogroups of Central Asian origin


No appreciable traces of genetic influence or distant input to the Armenian gene pool have been found despite frequent foreign invasions (Hovhannisyan et al., 2014; Hellenthal et al., 2014).
Of the primary reasons that have impeded genetic contact of Armenians with foreigners, the highland geography, early adoption of Christianity, and the formation of a strong ethnic and cultural identity can be considered the most likely.
Moreover, not only has there been insignificant admixture into the Armenian population within the last millennium, but recent evidence specifically points to a lack of genetic contribution from external sources within the last 3000 years (Hellenthal et al., 2014).