Spanish researchers report that the Basque people, who are culturally distinct from other ethnic groups on the Iberian Peninsula, are not genetically distinct from them. Blogger Razib Khan notes that since the Basque language is unrelated to other European languages and since Basque people have higher rate of the Rh- factor, there have been many theories about where the Basques originate from.

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