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TitleThe archaeogenetics of european ancestry
Author(s)Pala, Maria
Chaubey, Gyaneshwer
Soares, Pedro
Richards, Martin B
Issue dateJul-2014
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
CitationPala, Maria; Chaubey, Gyaneshwer; Soares, Pedro; and Richards, Martin B (July 2014) The Archaeogenetics of European Ancestry. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd: Chichester
Abstract(s)The archaeogenetics of Europe remains deeply controversial. Advances in ancient deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis have suggested gene flow between Neanderthals and modern humans, who arrived in Europe <50 000 years ago, but have so far failed to support evolution of Neanderthals from a population of Homo heidelbergensis represented by remains in northern Spain. The extent to which European Mesolithic forager populations versus Neolithic pioneers from the Near East contributed to the extant gene pool of Europeans also continues to be contested. Whilst analyses of extant mitochondrial lineages have emphasised late Palaeolithic and Mesolithic expansions, ancient DNA (aDNA) results suggest significant Neolithic dispersals from the southern ‘refugial’ zone into the northern ‘bio-tidal’ zone. However, whether these had a primarily Near Eastern or North Mediterranean source remains a matter for debate. Meanwhile, aDNA has also begun to highlight an important role for later dispersals, especially during the late Neolithic, in shaping the European gene pool.
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