European Ancestry

The Old World is a reference to those parts of Earth known to Europeans before the voyages of Christopher Columbus; it includes Europe, Asia and Africa.

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shawomet
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European Ancestry

Post by shawomet » Thu Sep 18, 2014 12:55 pm

Interesting new DNA study...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... icans.html


http://genetics.med.harvard.edu/reich/R ... stries.pdf

"We sequenced the genomes of a 7,000-year-old farmer from Germany and eight 8,000-year-old hunter-gatherers from Luxembourg and Sweden. We analysed these and other ancient genomes1–4 with 2,345 contemporary humans to show that most present-day Europeans derive from at least three highly differentiated populations: west European hunter-gatherers, who contributed ancestry to all Europeans but not to Near Easterners; ancient north Eurasians related to Upper Palaeolithic Siberians, who contributed to both Europeans and Near Easterners; and early European farmers, who were mainly of Near Eastern origin but also harboured west European hunter-gatherer related ancestry. We model these populations’ deep relationships and show that early European farmers had 44% ancestry from a ‘basal Eurasian’ population that split before the diversification of other non-African lineages."

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/ ... 091514.php

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