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A new study that has not been published on paper yet but is available via PUBMED has phylogeographically examined sub-Saharan mtDNA L sequences found in various European countries. The researchers concluded that while about 65% of the lineages represent relatively modern (ca. Roman era and later) gene flow from Africa to Europe, about 35% have been there long enough to form European-specific subclades, showing that gene flow from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe occurred well before the historical era as well; perhaps as far back as 11,000 years ago. The authors also suggest that some of the ancient L sequences in Europe arrived from sub-Saharan Africa via a coastal Atlantic route, in addition to those that arrived into Mediterranean Europe via North Africa.
The study and two supplemental files are attached. The Excel file has 3 tabs.
_________________ If I had a hammer, I'd hammer in the morning; I'd hammer in the evening, all over this land. I'd hammer out danger; I'd hammer out a warning; I'd hammer out love between all of my brothers, all over this land. (The Weavers, 1949)
The question was: Do the traces of SSA found in Europeans come from the re-colonization of Europe after the ice finally melted 14-16 kya, or from the much more recent slave trade (Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek, Phoenician, Roman, etc.)?
I have always thought that the trace SSA markers in Europe came mostly from the former (Pleistocene) event. Apparently I was wrong.
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