Ancient Fennoscandian genomes reveal origin and spread of Siberian ancestry in Europe

  title={Ancient Fennoscandian genomes reveal origin and spread of Siberian ancestry in Europe},
  author={Thiseas Christos Lamnidis and Kerttu Majander and Choongwon Jeong and Elina Salmela and Anna Wessman and Vyacheslav Moiseyev and Valery Khartanovich and Oleg P. Balanovsky and Matthias Ongyerth and Antje Weihmann and Antti Sajantila and Janet Kelso and Svante P{\"a}{\"a}bo and P{\"a}ivi Onkamo and Wolfgang Haak and Johannes Krause and Stephan Schiffels},
  journal={Nature Communications},
European population history has been shaped by migrations of people, and their subsequent admixture. Recently, ancient DNA has brought new insights into European migration events linked to the advent of agriculture, and possibly to the spread of Indo-European languages. However, little is known about the ancient population history of north-eastern Europe, in particular about populations speaking Uralic languages, such as Finns and Saami. Here we analyse ancient genomic data from 11 individuals… 

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