Paleogenomics

Immigration and admixture in Europe

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Science  15 Jul 2016:
Vol. 353, Issue 6296, pp. 259-260
DOI: 10.1126/science.353.6296.259-d

Early Neolithic farmers moved through the Aegean region as they traveled from Asia to Europe.

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The Neolithic transition in Europe marked the shift from hunting-gathering societies to sedentary farming societies. Evidence has been accumulating from DNA recovered from human remains that the transition was the result of migration and admixture of farmers from western Asia, rather than cultural transmission. The route of this migration (or migrations) has been less certain. Hofmanova et al. analyzed paleogenomic data from Neolithic individuals from Greek and Turkish sites to provide evidence of genetic links between early farmers in the Aegean region and those in Central Europe. Their data indicate the importance of the Aegean region as the direct migration route of early Neolithic famers from southwest Asia into Europe.

Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 113, 6886 (2016).

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