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|Title:||A predominantly Neolithic origin for European paternal lineages|
|Authors:||Balaresque, Patricia L.|
Bowden, Georgina R.
Adams, Susan M.
King, Turi E.
Rosser, Zoë H.
Demaine, Andrew G.
Wilson, I. J.
Jobling, Mark A.
|Publisher:||Public Library of Science|
|Citation:||PLoS Biol 8(1): e1000285, pp.1-9|
|Abstract:||The relative contributions to modern European populations of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers and Neolithic farmers from the Near East have been intensely debated. Haplogroup R1b1b2 (R-M269) is the commonest European Y-chromosomal lineage, increasing in frequency from east to west, and carried by 110 million European men. Previous studies suggested a Paleolithic origin, but here we show that the geographical distribution of its microsatellite diversity is best explained by spread from a single source in the Near East via Anatolia during the Neolithic. Taken with evidence on the origins of other haplogroups, this indicates that most European Y chromosomes originate in the Neolithic expansion. This reinterpretation makes Europe a prime example of how technological and cultural change is linked with the expansion of a Y-chromosomal lineage, and the contrast of this pattern with that shown by maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA suggests a unique role for males in the transition.|
|Description:||This article was taken from PLoS Biol 8(1): e1000285. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000285|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles, Dept. of Genetics|
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