DNA tracks ancient Mediterranean farmers to Scandinavia

Mixing with native foragers led to modern genetic signature, study suggests

By Bruce Bower, 13:54 PM April 26, 2012

Modern Europeans’ genetic profile may have been partly cultivated by early Mediterranean farmers who moved to what’s now Scandinavia, where they paired up with resident hunter-gatherers.

DNA taken from 5,000-year-old skeletons previously excavated in Sweden unveils a scenario in which agricultural newcomers from the south interbred with northern hunter-gatherers, say evolutionary genetics graduate student Pontus Skoglund of Uppsala University in Sweden and his colleagues. Their findings fee...

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