Genetic Legacy of Neolithic Farmers and Hunter-Gatherers in Europe 
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 Genetic Legacy of Neolithic Farmers and Hunter-Gatherers in Europe
"Origins and Genetic Legacy of Neolithic Farmers and Hunter-Gatherers
in Europe"
Skoglund, et al.

The farming way of life originated in the Near East some 11,000 years
ago and had reached most of the European continent 5000 years later.
However, the impact of the agricultural revolution on demography and
patterns of genomic variation in Europe remains unknown. We obtained
249 million base pairs of genomic DNA from ~5000-year-old remains of
three hunter-gatherers and one farmer excavated in Scandinavia and
find that the farmer is genetically most similar to extant southern
Europeans, contrasting sharply to the hunter-gatherers, whose distinct
genetic signature is most similar to that of extant northern
Europeans. Our results suggest that migration from southern Europe
catalyzed the spread of agriculture and that admixture in the wake of
this expansion eventually shaped the genomic landscape of modern-day


M. Winther
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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 15:04:22 GMT
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