'Ancestors of European Roma are from north-western India', claim scientists
An inter-continental team of scientists from Asia, Europe and the USA has found that the ancestors of the European Roma are the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) from north-western India.
"We have proved scientifically that the forefathers of the European Roma Gypsies are the doma, a collective term for the ancient aboriginal populations of the Indian subcontinent, also known as Dalits," Dr. Kumaraswamy Thangaraj from Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, who led the team of scientists in the 30-month-long study, told The Pioneer.
The scientists involved in the study were from CCMB, Estonian Biocentre, Tartu University, Estonia, University of Bern, Switzerland; University of Cambridge, UK and Stanford University, USA.
The Roman Gypsies are spread all over Europe, the USA and South America.