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Farming 'spread by migrant wave'
Posted by: haikuman
Date: April 29, 2012 12:58PM
This pretty much clears it up *(:>* We are all descendants from a bunch of farmers so to speak pirate smiley

[www.bbc.co.uk]

new study of DNA from ancient remains provides further evidence that farming was first spread to Europe by migrants.

It casts doubt on the alternative theory in which agriculture was adopted by Europe's existing hunter-gatherer populations, spreading via cultural exchange with neighbouring tribes.

Science journal says a team compared DNA from the skeleton of an ancient farmer with that from three hunters.

They found the "farmer" was genetically distinct from hunters.

Pontus Skoglund, from Uppsala University, Sweden, and colleagues extracted genomic DNA (genetic material contained in the nucleus of cells) from the 5,000-year-old remains unearthed in southern Sweden.

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The genetic variation of today's Europeans was strongly affected by immigrant stone age farmers”

Anders Gotherstrom
Uppsala University
Ensuring the DNA obtained from these remains was genuinely ancient and uncontaminated by modern DNA required the team to use advanced molecular and statistical techniques.

They compared the genetic profiles of the stone age (Neolithic) farmer and contemporary hunter gatherers with those of modern populations.

Although the female farmer appears to have been born in the region, her genetic make-up was most similar to that of modern people from south-east Europe.



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Re: Farming 'spread by migrant wave'
Posted by: billb
Date: April 29, 2012 03:27PM
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