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Title: A predominantly Neolithic origin for European paternal lineages
Authors: Balaresque, Patricia L.
Bowden, Georgina R.
Adams, Susan M.
Leung, Ho-Lee
King, Turi E.
Rosser, Zoë H.
Goodwin, Jane
Moisan, Jean-Paul
Richard, Christelle
Millward, Ann
Demaine, Andrew G.
Barbujani, Guido
Previderè, Carlo
Wilson, I. J.
Tyler-Smith, Chris
Jobling, Mark A.
First Published: Jan-2010
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.
DOI Link: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000285
Type: Article
Description: This article was taken from PLoS Biol 8(1): e1000285. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000285
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