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thank you for sharing this Steppe history. It’s absolutely riveting and so fascinating. I’ve re-read David Reich’s book which, thanks to your Substack and podcasts, has become a much less impenetrable read
I too have been [sic] haunted by the steppe... But I grew up in an ancient small town in India filled with temples and a sense of "glorious in the past but a dump today". I read too much. I too was writing my own steppe thesis in college. But I gave up because evolutionary biology got hold of me. I now sit by your feet like they say in Upanishad, and yearn to go back to my old times.
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