Ancient Egyptian mummies as a genetic source to study ancient human history – What have we learnt so far

In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “Ancient Egyptian mummy genomes suggest an increase of Sub-Saharan African ancestry in post-Roman periods“, by Verena J. Schuenemann et al. Continue reading “Ancient Egyptian mummies as a genetic source to study ancient human history – What have we learnt so far”

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The Tianyuan Cave man; the earliest (40,000 yBP) ancient DNA from East Asia and what we have learned from it

The biological makeup of humans in East Asia is shaping up to be a very complex story, with greater diversity and more distant contacts than previously known, according to a  study analyzing the genome of a man that died in the Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, China 40,000 years ago. Continue reading “The Tianyuan Cave man; the earliest (40,000 yBP) ancient DNA from East Asia and what we have learned from it”

Admixture layers in Sicily and Southern Italy trace multiple migration routes along the Mediterranean – The ‘Mediterranean genetic continuum’

The Mediterranean Sea has represented one of the most important crossroads in human history, acting both as a barrier and a bridge between three continents and multiple human groups characterized by different genetic and cultural backgrounds. Continue reading “Admixture layers in Sicily and Southern Italy trace multiple migration routes along the Mediterranean – The ‘Mediterranean genetic continuum’”

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