The genomes of individuals who lived on the Iberian Peninsula in the Bronze Age had minor genetic input from Steppe invaders, suggesting that these migrations played a smaller role in the genetic makeup and culture of Iberian people, compared to other parts of Europe. Daniel Bradley and Rui Martiniano of Trinity College Dublin, in Ireland, and Ana Maria Silva of University of Coimbra, Portugal, report these findings July 27, 2017, in PLOS Genetics.
DNA studies are rewriting the how-we-met stories of domestication.
Europeans may be descendants of a massive migration of men from the Russian steppe
I just found this. David and Sarah were my 2nd great-grandparents. My maternal grandfather was the son of their son John Edward Fields.
A new study suggests that Neanderthals across Europe may well have been infected with diseases carried out of Africa by waves of anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens. As both were species of hominin, it would have been easier for pathogens to jump populations, say researchers. This might have contributed to the demise of Neanderthals.
Phytoliths and biomolecular components extracted from ancient plant remains from Chang’an (Xi’an, the city where the Silk Road begins) and Ngari (Ali) in western Tibet, China, show that the tea was grown 2100 years ago to cater for the drinking habits of the Western Han Dynasty (207BCE-9CE), and then carried toward central Asia by ca.200CE, several hundred years earlier than previously recorded.
Grisly find suggests Bronze Age northern Europe was more organized—and violent—than thought
Scientists say these bones may challenge our understanding of Irish identity.
When I read the title of the article, my first thought was “Duh!”.
Scientists have pieced together an early human habitat for the first time, and life was no picnic in Tanzania in East Africa 1.8 million years ago.