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The genomic history of southeastern Europe


Researchers from more than 80 different institutions led by Ian Mathieson (University of Pennsylvania), David Reich (Harvard Medical School) and Ron Pinhasi from the University of Vienna have investigated the genome history in southeastern Europe in a new study, published in Nature.

Farming was first introduced to southeastern Europe in the mid-7th millennium BCE - brought by migrants from Anatolia who settled in the region before spreading throughout Europe.The dynamics of the interaction between the first farmers and the indigenous hunter-gatherers remained poorly understood. In their study the researchers analysed genome-wide ancient DNA data from 225 individuals who lived in southeastern Europe and surrounding regions between 12000 and 500 bc. [read more]

The genomic history of southeastern Europe: Iain Mathieson, Ron Pinhasi, David Reich In: Nature

Doi: 10.1038/nature25778



About 8,500 years ago, agriculture spread from the Southeast to Europe, accompanied by a movement from Anatolia (C) Elenski / Leshtakov)