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Reconciling evidence from ancient and contemporary genomes: a major source for the European Neolithic within Mediterranean Europe

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posted on 31.07.2020, 15:15 by Joana B Pereira, Marta D Costa, Daniel Vieira, Maria Pala, Lisa Bamford, Nourdin Harich, Lotfi Cherni, Farida Alshamali, Jiři Hatina, Sergey Rychkov, Gheorghe Stefanescu, Turi King, Antonio Torroni, Pedro Soares, Luísa Pereira, Martin B Richards
Important gaps remain in our understanding of the spread of farming into Europe, due partly to apparent contradictions between studies of contemporary genetic variation and ancient DNA. It seems clear that farming was introduced into central, northern, and eastern Europe from the south by pioneer colonization. It is often argued that these dispersals originated in the Near East, where the potential source genetic pool resembles that of the early European farmers, but clear ancient DNA evidence from Mediterranean Europe is lacking, and there are suggestions that Mediterranean Europe may have resembled the Near East more than the rest of Europe in the Mesolithic. Here, we test this proposal by dating mitogenome founder lineages from the Near East in different regions of Europe. We find that whereas the lineages date mainly to the Neolithic in central Europe and Iberia, they largely date to the Late Glacial period in central/eastern Mediterranean Europe. This supports a scenario in which the genetic pool of Mediterranean Europe was partly a result of Late Glacial expansions from a Near Eastern refuge, and that this formed an important source pool for subsequent Neolithic expansions into the rest of Europe.

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Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 (1851) 2017

Author affiliation

Department of Genetics and Genome Biology

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences

Volume

284

Issue

1851

Pagination

20161976 - 20161976

Publisher

The Royal Society

issn

0962-8452

eissn

1471-2954

Acceptance date

14/02/2017

Copyright date

2017

Language

en

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https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/full/10.1098/rspb.2016.1976

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