Trypillia and Greece Neolithic outliers: the smoking gun of Proto-Anatolian migrations?

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(Continued from the post Corded Ware culture origins: The Final Frontier). Looking at the PCA of Wang et al. (2018), I realized that Sredni Stog / Corded Ware peoples seem to lie somewhere between: the eastern steppe (i.e. Khvalynsk-Yamna); and Lower Danube and Balkan cultures affected by Anatolian- and steppe-related (i.e. Khvalynsk-Novodanilovka) migrations. This multiethnic … Continue reading Trypillia and Greece Neolithic outliers: the smoking gun of Proto-Anatolian migrations?

Consequences of O&M 2018 (I): The latest West Yamna “outlier”

This is the first of a series of posts analyzing the findings of the recent Nature papers Olalde et al.(2018) and Mathieson et al.(2018) (abbreviated O&M 2018). As expected, the first Y-DNA haplogroup of a sample from the North Pontic region (apart from an indigenous European I2 subclade) during its domination by the Yamna culture … Continue reading Consequences of O&M 2018 (I): The latest West Yamna “outlier”

The concept of “Outlier” in Human Ancestry (III): Late Neolithic samples from the Baltic region and origins of the Corded Ware culture

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In the recent update to Northern European samples in Mittnik et al. (2018), an evaluation of events similar to the previous preprint (2017) is given:

Computing D-statistics for each individual of the form D(Baltic LN, Yamnaya; X, Mbuti), we find that the two individuals from the early phase of the LN (Plinkaigalis242 and Gyvakarai1, dating to ca. 3200–2600 calBCE) form a clade with Yamnaya (Supplementary Table 7), consistent with the absence of the farmer-associated component in ADMIXTURE (Fig. 2b). Younger individuals share more alleles with Anatolian and European farmers (Supplementary Table 7) as also observed in contemporaneous Central European CWC individuals2.

The concept of “Outlier” in Human Ancestry (II): Early Khvalynsk, Sredni Stog, West Yamna, Iron Age Bulgaria, Potapovka, Andronovo…

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I already wrote about the concept of outlier in Human Ancestry, so I am not going to repeat myself. This is just an update of “outliers” in recent studies, and their potential origins (here I will repeat some of the examples): Early Khvalynsk: the three samples from the Samara region have quite different positions in … Continue reading The concept of “Outlier” in Human Ancestry (II): Early Khvalynsk, Sredni Stog, West Yamna, Iron Age Bulgaria, Potapovka, Andronovo…

The concept of “outlier” in studies of Human Ancestry, and the Corded Ware outlier from Esperstedt

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While writing the third version of the Indo-European demic diffusion model, I noticed that one Corded Ware sample (labelled I0104) clusters quite closely with steppe samples (i.e. Yamna, Afanasevo, and Potapovka). The other Corded Ware samples cluster, as expected, closely with east-central European samples, which include related cultures such as the Swedish Battle Axe, and … Continue reading The concept of “outlier” in studies of Human Ancestry, and the Corded Ware outlier from Esperstedt

Genetic continuity among Uralic-speaking cultures in north-eastern Europe

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The recent study of Estonian Late Bronze Age/Iron Age samples has shown, as expected, large genetic continuity of Corded Ware populations in the East Baltic area, where West Uralic is known to have been spoken since at least the Early Bronze Age. The most interesting news was that, unexpectedly for many, the impact of “Siberian … Continue reading Genetic continuity among Uralic-speaking cultures in north-eastern Europe

“Dinaric I2a” and the expansion of Common Slavs from East-Central Europe

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A recently published abstract for an upcoming chapter about Early Slavs shows the generalized view among modern researchers that Common Slavs did not spread explosively from the east, an idea proper of 19th-century Romantic views about ancestral tribes of pure peoples showing continuity since time immemorial. Migrations and language shifts as components of the Slavic … Continue reading “Dinaric I2a” and the expansion of Common Slavs from East-Central Europe

Baltic Finns in the Bronze Age, of hg. R1a-Z283 and Corded Ware ancestry

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Open access The Arrival of Siberian Ancestry Connecting the Eastern Baltic to Uralic Speakers further East, by Saag et al. Current Biology (2019). Interesting excerpts: In this study, we present new genomic data from Estonian Late Bronze Age stone-cist graves (1200–400 BC) (EstBA) and Pre-Roman Iron Age tarand cemeteries (800/500 BC–50 AD) (EstIA). The cultural … Continue reading Baltic Finns in the Bronze Age, of hg. R1a-Z283 and Corded Ware ancestry