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    Why are Sicilians and southern Italians so similar genetically to Cretans?

    On MDLP K23, many southern Italians and Sicilians, usually from Campania, Calabria and Sicily, score Cretan as their top match.

    Likewise, on nearly every GEDmatch calculator, Cretans score South Italian, South Italian-Sicilian, or Sicilian as their first or second match (Ashkenazi as the other) while Greek is usually further down the list.

    Historically there has not been much direct mixing between the two, and Greeks in southern Italy were mostly from the mainland, and from western Anatolia. Yet, modern day mainland Greeks are significantly northward shifted, into the Balkans.

    Why is this? Is the ancient substratum of Crete more similar to Sicily or southern Italy, while mainland Greece received more Indo-European and other input?

    I can post example results if anyone would like to see.

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    I think you answered your own question sikeliot lol

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    10 different forum and 10 identical threads uh?
    Anyway probably pre Hellens populations of both areas were almost identical and/or ancient prehistoric crossing of populations.
    Again some colonies of Magna Grecia had Dorian Cretan origins.

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