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    My features have never been formally analyzed on any forum, but I believe I fit the "Dinaric look" pretty well. What bothers me, since I discovered it existed, is no one is exactly sure where it sprang from. I don't believe in the racialist pseudoscience of the early 20th century, but I believe phenotypes can be classified and exist on a range. The going theory was it was an ancient mixing of Alpine and Mediterranean types in a process called "Dinaricization", that took place in different parts around the globe.

    My question is: How did the Balkan Dinarid come about and what can population genetics tell us about it?

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    The modern genetic landscape of the Balkans is probably best explained to have emerged as the Slavs, and other Indo-Europeans before them, descended from Central and Eastern Europe upon a native Neolithic population from the Copper Age onwards. Broadly speaking Balkan populations derive from the same three-way admixture as the rest of Europe.
    Little is known how this relates to phenotypical diversity though. Is the time range of a couple of thousand years enough for evolution to select for regionally distinct phenotypes, either by random bottlenecks or environmental factors such as sunlight, altitude and food availability; or is the diversity better explained by sheer admixture proportions? Is the terminology of "phenotypes" even valid?

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    dinarids have nothing to do with slavs, they are indigenous to this part of south europe (helm, so-called balcan today), as well as other parts of europe, and slavs are invasive species.

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    Quote Originally Posted by urjammer View Post
    dinarids have nothing to do with slavs, they are indigenous to this part of south europe (helm, so-called balcan today), as well as other parts of europe, and slavs are invasive species.
    There's Slavic admixture throughout the Balkans, even in Greece. Whether Slavs contributed to the Dinaric phenotype, is a different question, but I personally think they did. For example @drgs who's Russian, I've seen many Bosnians who resemble him a lot. Not sure if I'd classify drgs as Dinaric though, but certainly many Yugoslavs look like Russians.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EliasAlucard View Post
    There's Slavic admixture throughout the Balkans, even in Greece. Whether Slavs contributed to the Dinaric phenotype, is a different question, but I personally think they did. For example @drgs who's Russian, I've seen many Bosnians who resemble him a lot. Not sure if I'd classify drgs as Dinaric though, but certainly many Yugoslavs look like Russians.
    In my case its probably the other way around, I have a Balkan strain from somewhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by drgs View Post
    In my case its probably the other way around, I have a Balkan strain from somewhere
    It's possible that you do, but I wouldn't take DNALand seriously on this matter. I'm 50% Swedish and DNALand gives me 21% Balkan, which would require almost half of my Czech ancestry to be fully "Balkan" (impossible considering my family history).

    If all of your grandparents were Russians or North Slavic, the 10% "Balkan" should be interpreted as a signal of proto-Slavic ancestry from the Iron Age, or an even older ancient affinity, but not as a signal of recent admixture.

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