Thursday, November 4, 2010

What contribution did Northern Europeans make in the Fertile Cresent?

The answer appears to be not much.  Here's the graph:

The Northern European component does appear in northern populations of the Fertile Crescent such as the Armenians, but not at more than about 8%.   Even if Northern Eurpeans were witnesses to the domestication of wheat, and one was to renormalize the graph with Northern Europeans in the mix, it would only slightly modify the West Asian-South European-Southwest Asian signature.

It's also notable that only Armenians and Turks have any sizeable contribution from Northern Europeans.  However, even there, it's still at a level of less than 8%.  The rest of the Levant, Cyprus and Egypt doesn't have it, which suggests that it was a later contribution to the Northern Fertile Crescent.

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