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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:39 AM

 

Native Americans and Northern Europeans More Closely Related Than Previously Thought

Nov. 30, 2012 Using genetic analyses, scientists have discovered that Northern European populations -- including British, Scandinavians, French, and some Eastern Europeans -- descend from a mixture of two very different ancestral populations, and one of these populations is related to Native Americans. This discovery helps fill gaps in scientific understanding of both Native American and Northern European ancestry, while providing an explanation for some genetic similarities among what would otherwise seem to be very divergent groups.

According to Nick Patterson, first author of the report, "There is a genetic link between the paleolithic population of Europe and modern Native Americans. The evidence is that the population that crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia into the Americas more than 15,000 years ago was likely related to the ancient population of Europe."

Patterson worked with Harvard Medical School Professor of Genetics David Reich and other colleagues to study DNA diversity, and found that one of these ancestral populations was the first farming population of Europe, whose DNA lives on today in relatively unmixed form in Sardinians and the people of the Basque Country, and in at least the Druze population in the Middle East.

The other ancestral population is likely to have been the initial hunter-gathering population of Europe. These two populations were very different when they met. Today the hunter-gathering ancestral population of Europe appears to have its closest affinity to people in far Northeastern Siberia and Native Americans.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121130151606.htm

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:21 AM

1. fascinating. Good weekend reading

marking for later

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:31 AM

2. Du rec. Nt

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:41 AM

3. Siberia goes both ways.

And that's a lot of thousands of years.

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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:14 AM

4. Nice find

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