How Did Hundreds of Human Skeletons Mysteriously End Up in a Faraway Lake?

Why hundreds of human skeletons have washed up from this lake is a mystery that has been haunting historians and scientists since the bones were first discovered by a shocked forest ranger in 1942. The bones have been rumored to be everything from the remains of soldiers who fell in battle on the way to invade Tibet, to pilgrims who froze to death, to holy men who committed ritual suicide. Now genetic analysis has found their DNA is a match for people from the eastern Mediterranean rather than locals, which only deepens the mystery. “The genetically, temporally, and isotopically heterogeneous composition of the groups at Roopkund Lake was unanticipated from the context in which the skeletons were found,” said geneticist David Reich, who published a study in Nature.

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