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NOVA: First Horse Warriors

The advent of horse riding changed the course of human history and the genetic makeup of humankind.

Horse herds on the Assy Plateau, Tien Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan.

Horse herds on the Assy Plateau, Tien Shan Mountains, Kazakhstan.

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Horse warriors, dramatic recreation, Kazakhstan.

Horse warriors, dramatic recreation, Kazakhstan.

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Auez and his son Janibek, starting the winter migration, Altai Mountains.

Auez and his son Janibek, starting the winter migration, Altai Mountains.

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Kazakh nomads on the winter migration, Altai Mountains, Mongolia.

Kazakh nomads on the winter migration, Altai Mountains, Mongolia.

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Mongol warrior on horseback with whistling arrow.

Mongol warrior on horseback with whistling arrow.

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Mongol warrior on horseback with whistling arrow.

Mongol warrior on horseback with whistling arrow.

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Portrait of a Yamnaya woman on horseback.

Portrait of a Yamnaya woman on horseback.

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Wild horse herds and Yamnaya riders, Central Asian steppe.

Wild horse herds and Yamnaya riders, Central Asian steppe.

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Woman Yamnaya rider in profile.

Woman Yamnaya rider in profile.

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Yamnaya men and women on horseback, sunset.

Yamnaya men and women on horseback, sunset.

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