Modern European gene pool is from three sources, new study finds

September 18, 2014 2:12 AM

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Researchers have discovered that the modern European gene pool comes from three source groups who were in the area over 7000 years ago. The group took DNA samples nine ancient bodies, eight corpses of hunter-gatherers, found in Luxembourg and Sweden, dated to around 6000 BCE, and that of an ancient farmer from Germany, dated to around 5000 BCE. The genetics of these bodies were then compared to those of 2345 modern Europeans.

The hunter-gatherers, who are described as having dark skin and blue-eyes, mixed with Near-Eastern farmers, who are described as having lighter skin and brown eyes. Another genetic group, ancient Siberians, also contribute to the genetic make-up of modern Europeans. The Near-Eastern farmers brought ...

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