Ancient DNA sheds light from the mystical origins associated with very very first Scandinavians

Ancient DNA sheds light from the mystical origins associated with very very first Scandinavians

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Monitoring the migration of people is not easy, but genetics is helping us unearth brand new information at breathtaking rate. We all know which our species originated in Africa and most likely reached European countries through the southeast no later on than 42,000 years back. Some 33,000-20,000 years ago, when a permanent ice sheet covered northern and parts of central Europe, modern humans in southwest Europe were isolated from groups further to the east during the last ice age.

If the ice sheet retreated, some of those hunter gatherers eventually colonised Scandinavia through the south about 11,700 years back, rendering it among the final regions of European countries become inhabited. But who him or her had been and just how they got there has remained a puzzle for scientists. We now have sequenced the genomes of seven hunter gatherers, dated become 9,500-6,000 years of age, to discover.

Among the reasons the origins associated with the very first Scandinavians is really enigmatic is a major shift in rock tool technology that appeared immediately after they got here. Continue reading “Ancient DNA sheds light from the mystical origins associated with very very first Scandinavians”