Human evolutionary history in Europe

This post is a presentation of various recent genetic researches that attempt to answer crucial questions about Human Evolution in Europe. Continue reading “Human evolutionary history in Europe”

An analysis of ancient DNA recreates the genetic history of Portugal and Spain

The genomes of individuals who lived on the Iberian Peninsula in the Bronze Age had minor genetic input from Steppe invaders, suggesting that these migrations played a smaller role in the genetic makeup and culture of Iberian people, compared to other parts of Europe. Daniel Bradley and Rui Martiniano of Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, and Ana Maria Silva of University of Coimbra, Portugal, report these findings July 27, 2017 in PLOS Genetics. Continue reading “An analysis of ancient DNA recreates the genetic history of Portugal and Spain”

Scientists discover genomic ancestry of Stone Age North Africans from Morocco

An international team of researchers, led by Johannes Krause and Choongwon Jeong from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (Jena, Germany), and Abdeljalil Bouzouggar from the Institut National des Sciences de l’Archéologie et du Patrimoine (Rabat, Morocco) and including scientists from the Mohammed V University in Rabat, the Natural History Museum in London, University of Oxford, Université Mohammed Premier in Oujda and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, have sequenced DNA from individuals from Morocco dating to approximately 15,000 years ago, as published in Science. Continue reading “Scientists discover genomic ancestry of Stone Age North Africans from Morocco”

Two ancient populations that diverged later ‘reconverged’ in the Americas

A new genetic study of ancient individuals in the Americas and their contemporary descendants finds that two populations that diverged from one another 18,000 to 15,000 years ago remained apart for millennia before mixing again. This historic “reconvergence” occurred before or during their expansion to the southern continent. Continue reading “Two ancient populations that diverged later ‘reconverged’ in the Americas”

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