Y genetic data support the Neolithic demic diffusion model

Y genetic data support the Neolithic demic diffusion model


Loun�s Chikhi, Richard A Nichols, Guido Barbujani, Mark A Beaumont

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2002/8/20) 99(17):11008

There still is no general agreement on the origins of the European gene pool, even though Europe has been more thoroughly investigated than any other continent. In particular, there is continuing controversy about the relative contributions of European Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers and of migrant Near Eastern Neolithic farmers, who brought agriculture to Europe. Here, we apply a statistical framework that we have developed to obtain direct estimates of the contribution of these two groups at the time they met. We …


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