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    Ancient DNA from South-East Europe Reveals Different Events

    Ancient DNA from South-East Europe Reveals Different Events during Early and Middle Neolithic Influencing the European Genetic Heritage

    In the present study we show genetic information on ancient populations of the South-East of Europe. We assessed mtDNA from ten sites from the current territory of Romania, spanning a time-period from the Early Neolithic to the Late Bronze Age. mtDNA data from Early Neolithic farmers of the Starčevo Criş culture in Romania (Cārcea, Gura Baciului and Negrileşti sites), confirm their genetic relationship with those of the LBK culture (Linienbandkeramik Kultur) in Central Europe, and they show little genetic continuity with modern European populations.

    On the other hand, populations of the Middle-Late Neolithic (Boian, Zau and Gumelniţa cultures), supposedly a second wave of Neolithic migration from Anatolia, had a much stronger effect on the genetic heritage of the European populations. In contrast, we find a smaller contribution of Late Bronze Age migrations to the genetic composition of Europeans. Based on these findings, we propose that permeation of mtDNA lineages from a second wave of Middle-Late Neolithic migration from North-West Anatolia into the Balkan Peninsula and Central Europe represent an important contribution to the genetic shift between Early and Late Neolithic populations in Europe, and consequently to the genetic make-up of modern European populations.


    http://journals.plos.org/plosone/art...l.pone.0128810

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    mtDNA W in Boian-Gumelnitsa is a bit different. Has W ever been found before in Neolithic Europe? Getting quite a lot of new ancient DNA studies now. Quite hard to keep up!
    Last edited by Bas; 03-08-2017 at 06:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorkymon View Post
    Ancient DNA from South-East Europe Reveals Different Events during Early and Middle Neolithic Influencing the European Genetic Heritage
    In contrast, we find a smaller contribution of Late Bronze Age migrations to the genetic composition of Europeans.
    If the Late Bronze Age migrants were mostly male, a mtDNA study wouldn't have to see them. Also, if such a migration for the most part neither followed that route nor came from Anatolia, a sample of Romanian aDNA (even if they had used X, Y, and autosomal DNA) wouldn't be likely to detect it. Also, there is a large time gap between their emphasized "Middle-Late Neolithic migration" and the Late Bronze Age (that they downplay, mitochondrially speaking, there in Romania).

    Actually I'd expect to see at least some Romanian evidence of the male-majority migration that appears to have happened during the said gap. But to see it, if it's there, they'll need to test the part of the genome that reveals it -- and in remains from the period during which, or soon after which, it happened.

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