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Title: Population resequencing of European mitochondrial genomes highlights sex-bias in Bronze Age demographic expansions.
Authors: Batini, Chiara
Hallast, Pille
Vågene, Åshild J.
Zadik, Daniel
Eriksen, Heidi A.
Pamjav, Horolma
Sajantila, Antti
Wetton, Jon H.
Jobling, Mark A.
First Published: 21-Sep-2017
Publisher: Nature Publishing Group
Citation: Scientific Reports, 2017, 7 (1), 12086
Abstract: Interpretations of genetic data concerning the prehistory of Europe have long been a subject of great debate, but increasing amounts of ancient and modern DNA data are now providing new and more informative evidence. Y-chromosome resequencing studies in Europe have highlighted the prevalence of recent expansions of male lineages, and focused interest on the Bronze Age as a period of cultural and demographic change. These findings contrast with phylogeographic studies based on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which have been interpreted as supporting expansions from glacial refugia. Here we have undertaken a population-based resequencing of complete mitochondrial genomes in Europe and the Middle East, in 340 samples from 17 populations for which Y-chromosome sequence data are also available. Demographic reconstructions show no signal of Bronze Age expansion, but evidence of Paleolithic expansions in all populations except the Saami, and with an absence of detectable geographical pattern. In agreement with previous inference from modern and ancient DNA data, the unbiased comparison between the mtDNA and Y-chromosome population datasets emphasizes the sex-biased nature of recent demographic transitions in Europe.
DOI Link: 10.1038/s41598-017-11307-9
ISSN: 2045-2322
eISSN: 2045-2322
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2017. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Description: Supplementary information accompanies this paper at doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11307-9
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