Phylogeographic patterns of mtDNA reflecting the colonization of the Canary Islands

  title={Phylogeographic patterns of mtDNA reflecting the colonization of the Canary Islands},
  author={Juan Carlos Rando and V M Cabrera and J. M. Larruga and M. Hern{\'a}ndez and A. M. Gonz{\'a}lez and Francisco M. Pinto and H.‐J. Bandelt},
  journal={Annals of Human Genetics},
Although the Canary Islands were settled by humans, possibly of Berber origin, as late as 2500 years ago, the precise course and numbers of early migrations to the archipelago remain controversial. We have therefore analysed mtDNA variation (HVS‐I as well as selected RFLP sites) in 300 individuals from the seven Canary Islands. The distribution and variation across the islands in a specific mtDNA clade of Northwest African ancestry suggest that there was one dominant initial settlement process… 
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