The future of the Reich Lab’s studies and interpretations of Late Indo-European migrations

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Short report on advances in Genomics, and on the Reich Lab: Some interesting details: The Lab is impressive. I would never dream of having something like this at our university. I am really jealous of that working environment. They are currently working on population transformations in Italy; I hope we can have at last Italic … Continue reading The future of the Reich Lab’s studies and interpretations of Late Indo-European migrations

David Reich on social inequality and Yamna expansion with few Y-DNA subclades

Interesting article from David Reich that I had missed, at Nautilus, Social Inequality Leaves a Genetic Mark. It explores one of the main issues we are observing with ancient DNA, the greater reduction in Y-DNA lineages relative to mtDNA lineages, and its most likely explanation (which I discussed recently). Excerpts interesting for the Indo-European question … Continue reading David Reich on social inequality and Yamna expansion with few Y-DNA subclades

David Reich on the influence of ancient DNA on Archaeology and Linguistics

An interesting interview has appeared on The Atlantic, Ancient DNA Is Rewriting Human (and Neanderthal) History, on the occasion of the publication of David Reich’s book Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past. Some interesting excerpts (I have emphasized some of Reich’s words): On … Continue reading David Reich on the influence of ancient DNA on Archaeology and Linguistics

Bell Beakers and Mycenaeans from Yamnaya; Corded Ware from the forest steppe

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I have recently written about the spread of Pre-Yamnaya or Yamnaya ancestry and Corded Ware-related ancestry throughout Eurasia, using exclusively analyses published by professional geneticists, and filling in the gaps and contradictory data with the most reasonable interpretations. I did so consciously, to avoid any suspicion that I was interspersing my own data or cherry … Continue reading Bell Beakers and Mycenaeans from Yamnaya; Corded Ware from the forest steppe

On the Ukraine Eneolithic outlier I6561 from Alexandria

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Over the past week or so, since the publication of new Corded Ware samples in Narasimhan, Patterson et al. (2019) and after finding out that the R1a-M417 star-like phylogeny may have started ca. 3000 BC, I have been ruminating the relevance of contradictory data about the Ukraine_Eneolithic_o sample from Alexandria, its potential wrong radiocarbon date, … Continue reading On the Ukraine Eneolithic outlier I6561 from Alexandria

Yamnaya replaced Europeans, but admixed heavily as they spread to Asia

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Recent papers The formation of human populations in South and Central Asia, by Narasimhan, Patterson et al. Science (2019) and An Ancient Harappan Genome Lacks Ancestry from Steppe Pastoralists or Iranian Farmers, by Shinde et al. Cell (2019). NOTE. For direct access to Narasimhan, Patterson et al. (2019), visit this link courtesy of the first … Continue reading Yamnaya replaced Europeans, but admixed heavily as they spread to Asia

Proto-Tocharians: From Afanasievo to the Tarim Basin through the Tian Shan

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A reader commented recently that there is little information about Indo-Europeans from Central and East Asia in this blog. Regardless of the scarce archaeological data compared to European prehistory, I think it is premature to write anything detailed about population movements of Indo-Iranians in Asia, especially now that we are awaiting the updates of Narasimhan … Continue reading Proto-Tocharians: From Afanasievo to the Tarim Basin through the Tian Shan

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