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    Post The Neolithic Invasion of Europe

    Martin Richards recently published a paper exploring the available evidence for a Paleolithic vs. Neolithic colonization of Europe.

    http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/...d=idrSpojGhm86

    Abstract Who are Europeans? Both prehistoric archaeology and, subsequently, classical population genetics have attempted to trace the ancestry of modern Europeans back to the first appearance of agriculture in the continent; however, the question has remained controversial. Classical population geneticists attributed the major pattern in the European gene pool to the demographic impact of Neolithic farmers dispersing from the Near East, but archaeological research has failed to uncover substantial evidence for the population growth that is supposed to have driven this process. Recently, molecular approaches, using non-recombining genetic marker systems, have introduced a chronological dimension by both allowing the tracing of lineages back through time and dating using the molecular clock. Both mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome analyses have indicated a contribution of Neolithic Near Eastern lineages to the gene pool of modern Europeans of around a quarter or less. This suggests that dispersals bringing the Neolithic to Europe may have been demographically minor and that contact and assimilation had an important role.

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    Post Re: The Neolithic Invasion Of Europe

    I read the pdf-file you attached. It says that all Europeans are mostly descendant from hunters and not farmers.
    the characters do not make the genus, but the genus gives the characters -- Linnaeus

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    Post Re: The Neolithic Invasion Of Europe

    Quote Originally Posted by White Preservationist
    I read the pdf-file you attached. It says that all Europeans are mostly descendant from hunters and not farmers.

    Exactly!

    Well not entirely correct--the hunters and gatherers turned to farming eventually. Many genetic studies are showing that the bulk of Europids descend from older stock than those of the Neolithic expansion.

    Now, if we could only reckon where IE came from, we'd have a pretty nice historical picture!

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