Genetic uniformity across Europe in the Mesolithic – University of Copenhagen

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27 August 2012

Genetic uniformity across Europe in the Mesolithic

Analysing mtDNA and other genomic data from two 7.000 year old skeletons from Northwestern Spain suggests a remarkable genetic uniformity over a large geographic area of the pre-Neolithic populations. Furthermore analysis of their nuclear genomes show that these two Mesolithic individuals are not related to current populations from the Iberian Peninsula or Southern Europe.

Several scientists from the Centre for GeoGenetics have participated in the research. Read the article 'Genomic Affinities of Two 7,000-Year-Old Iberian Hunter-Gatherers' in the journal Current Biology, 21 August, 2012 Volume 22, Issue 16.