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Europe's roots revealed with DNA study

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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

 

BBC: Scientists examined DNA from 40 ancient skeletons in Central Europe to gain new insights into the populations that formed the modern Europe.

Decades of study of the DNA patterns of modern Europeans suggests two major events in prehistory significantly affected the continent's genetic landscape: its initial peopling by hunter-gatherers in Palaeolithic times (35,000 years ago) and a wave of migration by Near Eastern farmers some 6,000 years ago. (in the early Neolithic)

But the extent to which present-day people are descended from the indigenous hunters versus the newcomers that arrived in the Neolithic has been a matter of some debate.

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