THE LITHUANIANS like all peoples conscious of their selfhood, began to explore the problem of their origins a long time ago. As early as the end of the 14th century or the beginning of the 15th, Lithuanians were theorizing that they were descended from the Romans.
Who are Lithuanians genetically closest to?
MtDNA diversity revealed that Lithuanians are close to both Slavic (Indo-European) and Finno-Ugric speaking populations of Northern and Eastern Europe. Y-chromosome SNP haplogroup analysis showed Lithuanians to be closest to Latvians and Estonians.
Are Lithuanians descended from Vikings?
One can conclude that Lithuanians and Vikings did have contacts over time based on archeological finds that indicate cross-influences between ancient Baltic and Scandinavian artifacts. … Although the Vikings made no more conquests overseas, their descendants certainly did.
How do Lithuanians look?
They have fair skin, more than 80% have light-colored eyes and many have light-colored hair (a stereotypical Lithuanian is thus blue-eyed blonde, even though such people are a minority). Lithuanians are among the tallest peoples of the world (this maybe explains their affinity for basketball).
Are Lithuanians dark?
Ethnic lithuanians tend to be more dark than blond. There are some blonds, but most have light brown to dark brown hair.
Are Lithuanians Nordic?
During the aforementioned contact, there has been a lot of migration back and forth, meaning that at least some “ethnic” Lithuanians are of Nordic descent. Although during some genetic study, it was shown that most Lithuanians are related to Latvians, Estonians and Finns.