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Predicting sampling saturation of mtDNA haplotypes: an application to an enlarged Portuguese database
The results show that while haplotype and nucleotide diversities do not vary significantly with sample size, the numbers of haplotypes and polymorphic positions rise continuously inside the tested interval, which can infer that currently used sample sizes are still rather inadequate for both anthropological and forensic purposes. Expand
Pros and cons in the use of SNPs in forensic kinship investigation: a comparative analysis with STRs.
The results demonstrate that a battery based exclusively on SNPs matching the informative power of current STR kits would be prone, if applied to routine paternity investigation, to the occurrence of cases where the statistical evidence would be inconclusive. Expand
A substantial prehistoric European ancestry amongst Ashkenazi maternal lineages
It is shown that all four major founders of Ashkenazi mtDNA variation have ancestry in prehistoric Europe, rather than the Near East or Caucasus, and most of the remaining minor founders share a similar deep European ancestry. Expand
Regional differences in the distribution of the sub-Saharan, West Eurasian, and South Asian mtDNA lineages in Yemen.
It is concluded that the Yemeni gene pool is highly stratified both regionally and temporally and that it has received West Eurasian, Northeast African, and South Asian gene flow. Expand
Radiocarbon dating the beginning of the Neolithic in Iberia: new results, new problems
Radiocarbon dating of samples of charred cereal, biomolecularly confirmed sheep bone, human bone from burials, and diagnostic artifacts places the appearance of the ‘Neolithic package’ in Iberia ca.Expand
A Recent Shift from Polygyny to Monogamy in Humans Is Suggested by the Analysis of Worldwide Y-Chromosome Diversity
It is shown that mismatch distributions and tests of mutation/drift equilibrium based on up to 166 Y-chromosome SNPs, in 46 samples from all continents, also fail to support an increase of the male effective population size. Expand
Linking the sub-Saharan and West Eurasian gene pools: maternal and paternal heritage of the Tuareg nomads from the African Sahel
A study of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) sequences and Y chromosome SNPs of three different southern Tuareg groups from Mali, Burkina Faso and the Republic of Niger reveals a West Eurasian-North African composition of their gene pool. Expand
Evidence for variable selective pressures at a large secondary structure of the human mitochondrial DNA control region.
It is concluded that maintenance of this structure is responsible for the observed heterogeneity in the rate of substitution among sites in part of the human hypervariable region I and that it is a hot spot for the 3' end of human mtDNA deletions. Expand
Post-last glacial maximum expansion from Iberia to North Africa revealed by fine characterization of mtDNA H haplogroup in Tunisia.
It is found that 46% of 81 Tunisian H lineages subscreened for 1,580 bp in mtDNA coding region were affiliated with H1 and H3 subhaplogroups, which are known to have originated in Iberia. Expand
African Female Heritage in Iberia: A Reassessment of mtDNA Lineage Distribution in Present Times
The Iberian peninsula is a peripheral region of Europe in close proximity to Africa. Its inhabitants have an overall mtDNA genetic landscape typical of European background, although with signs ofExpand