An early replacement of Neanderthals in Iberia by Anatomically Modern Humans

In this post we present selected parts of the paper titled “An early Aurignacian arrival in southwestern Europe“, by Miguel Cortés-Sánchez et al. Continue reading “An early replacement of Neanderthals in Iberia by Anatomically Modern Humans”

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Evidence suggests that the Neolithic expansion took place from the East to Western Mediterranean Europe through pioneer maritime colonization

In this post we present selected parts of the very interesting paper titled “Radiocarbon evidence for maritime pioneer colonization at the origins of farming in west Mediterranean Europe“, by João Zilhão. Continue reading “Evidence suggests that the Neolithic expansion took place from the East to Western Mediterranean Europe through pioneer maritime colonization”

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”

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