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

The Lusatian culture, the most likely vector of Balto-Slavic expansions

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New archaeological paper (behind paywall) New evidence on the southeast Baltic Late Bronze Age agrarian intensification and the earliest AMS dates of Lens culinaris and Vicia faba, by Minkevičius et al. Vegetation History and Archaeobotany (2019). Interesting excerpts (emphasis mine): Arrival of farming in the south-east Baltic The current state of research reveals no firm … Continue reading The Lusatian culture, the most likely vector of Balto-Slavic expansions

More Celts of hg. R1b, more Afanasievo ancestry, more maps

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Interesting recent developments: Celts and hg. R1b Gauls Recent paper (behind paywall) Multi-scale archaeogenetic study of two French Iron Age communities: From internal social- to broad-scale population dynamics, by Fischer et al. J Archaeol Sci (2019). In it, Fischer and colleagues update their previous data for the Y-DNA of Gauls from the Urville-Nacqueville necropolis, Normandy … Continue reading More Celts of hg. R1b, more Afanasievo ancestry, more maps