European origins laid bare by DNA

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DNA from ancient skeletons has revealed how a complex patchwork of prehistoric migrations fashioned the modern European gene pool.

The study appears to refute the picture of Europeans as a simple mixture of indigenous hunters and Near Eastern farmers who arrived 7,000 years ago.

The findings by an international team have been published in Science journal.

DNA was analysed from 364 skeletons unearthed in Germany – an important crossroads for prehistoric cultures.

"This is the largest and most detailed genetic time series of Europe yet created, allowing us to establish a complete genetic chronology," said co-author Dr Wolfgang Haak of the Australian Centre for DNA (ACAD) in Adelaide.

"Focusing on this small but highly important geographic region meant we could generate a gapless record, and directly observe genetic changes in 'real-time' from 7,500 to 3,500 years ago, from the earliest farmers to the early Bronze Age."

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Interesting. My own family tree points to my Irish ancestry, and my DNA shows the same through my paternal line, as I belong to the R1b1b2 haplogroup, which is the most common group in western Europe… but surprisingly, along my maternal line, I belong to the N1a haplogroup, which originated in the Arabia-Iran-India neighbourhood. After originating in the Near East, it spread with the first farmers into Europe about 7,500 years ago. N1a has been found in ancient DNA extracted from the remains of farmers in eastern Europe and herders in central Asia.

    We are all family.

    • Indeed, Cousin McCourt. In reply to #1 by McCourt:

      Interesting. My own family tree points to my Irish ancestry, and my DNA shows the same through my paternal line, as I belong to the R1b1b2 haplogroup, which is the most common group in western Europe… but surprisingly, along my maternal line, I belong to the N1a haplogroup, which originated in the…

  2. According to Yakub Muslims, White people were invented by an evil scientist, as a slave race with a calcified pineal gland. Their white skin could be penetrated by the UV beams non-White people are capable of generating (since their pineal glands are not calcified), and thus they would be controlled by the threat of melanoma.

    Teach the controversy!

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