Genetic Diversity among Ancient Nordic Populations

  title={Genetic Diversity among Ancient Nordic Populations},
  author={Linea Cecilie Melchior and Niels Lynnerup and Hans R. Siegismund and Toomas Kivisild and J{\o}rgen Dissing},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
Using established criteria for work with fossil DNA we have analysed mitochondrial DNA from 92 individuals from 18 locations in Denmark ranging in time from the Mesolithic to the Medieval Age. Unequivocal assignment of mtDNA haplotypes was possible for 56 of the ancient individuals; however, the success rate varied substantially between sites; the highest rates were obtained with untouched, freshly excavated material, whereas heavy handling, archeological preservation and storage for many years… 

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