The Arrival of Steppe and Iranian Related Ancestry in the Islands of the Western Mediterranean

  title={The Arrival of Steppe and Iranian Related Ancestry in the Islands of the Western Mediterranean},
  author={D. Fernandes and Alissa Mittnik and I. Olalde and Iosif Lazaridis and Olivia Cheronet and N. Rohland and Swapan Mallick and R. Bernardos and Nasreen Broomandkhoshbacht and J. Carlsson and B. Culleton and M. Ferry and Beatriz Gamarra and M. Lari and Matthew Mah and Megan Michel and A. Modi and M. Novak and Jonas Oppenheimer and K. Sirak and Kirstin Stewardson and S. Vai and Edgard Camar{\'o}s and C. Cal{\'o} and G. Catalano and M. Cueto and V. Forgia and M. Lozano and E. Marini and M. Micheletti and R. Miccich{\`e} and M. R. Palombo and Dami{\`a} Ramis and V. Schimmenti and Pau Sureda and Lu{\'i}s Teira and M. Teschler-Nicola and D. Kennett and C. Lalueza-Fox and N. Patterson and L. Sineo and D. Caramelli and R. Pinhasi and D. Reich},
A series of studies have documented how Steppe pastoralist-related ancestry reached central Europe by at least 2500 BCE, while Iranian farmer-related ancestry was present in Aegean Europe by at least 1900 BCE. However, the spread of these ancestries into the western Mediterranean where they have contributed to many populations living today remains poorly understood. We generated genome-wide ancient DNA from the Balearic Islands, Sicily, and Sardinia, increasing the number of individuals with… Expand
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