The word stupefied, as used in the passage, most nearly means ____.
One would not think that evidence of the existence of European people 2,000 years ago could be found in China, but Victor Mair might beg to differ. A group of archaeologists in western China came upon some mummified bodies. A college professor, Mair, helped examine them and was stupefied. What he found on the Tarim mummies were signs of blond hair and long noses. In 1993, after the mummies had been placed in a museum, Mair returned to take DNA samples from the specimens. The test results on these samples confirmed what Mair had suspected: the genes were most certainly European.
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