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    Modeling admixture in Sicilians?

    What is the best Sicilian admixture model? I assume they are made of the following elements
    1. Greek
    2. Levantine
    3. North Africa
    4. Italics
    5. Norman
    How best to model your percentages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cracow View Post
    What is the best Sicilian admixture model? I assume they are made of the following elements
    1. Greek
    2. Levantine
    3. North Africa
    4. Italics
    5. Norman
    How best to model your percentages?
    Very low Italics, and historically Sicily is the last part of Italy (with Sardinia) to have seen Italic tribes and the least italic, and even, in few numbers compared to the mainland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cracow View Post
    What is the best Sicilian admixture model? I assume they are made of the following elements
    1. Greek
    2. Levantine
    3. North Africa
    4. Italics
    5. Norman
    How best to model your percentages?
    Low Norman as well.

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    Sure, low Norman and italic but relative to who? Admittedly I have only toyed with < 5 G25 West and East sicillian samples (likely not representative or covering a sufficient geographic breadth) with various models. One thing I can see though is compared with southern Italians Sicilians and Maltese appear to harbour more of a Narufian and iberomarusian like semitic and berber portion of DNA which would make a lot of sense with the heavy settlement of Phoenicians particularly in the west. Also compared with Southern Italians, the couple west sicillian samples seemed to be allocated a higher portion of Western hunter gatherer like ancient admixture which is generally absent nowadays in Greek islanders and Southern Italians. I wouldn't be surprised if some Sicillians from certain regions were less Greek than Calabrians and Campanians but instead more Semitic and Italic/Norman.

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    The main question that interests me: what percentage of Sicilian DNA is Mediterranean white, Levantine / North African and North West Europe

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