Researchers may have found millions of women and girls who were believed to be missing across China.
It was estimated that between 30 and 60 million girls were "missing" in the world's most populous country, with many believing they were either killed before or after birth simply because of their gender.
But new research suggests 25 million girls do actually exist after all and didn't appear on government records because they simply weren't registered.
The findings raise the possibility that the country's serious gender imbalance is not as severe as previously believed.
John Kennedy, an associate professor of political science at the University of Kansas, along with co-author Shi Yaojiang, an economics professor at Shaanxi Normal University, believe these girls went unreported at birth.
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