The mtDNA legacy of the Levantine early Upper Palaeolithic in Africa.

  title={The mtDNA legacy of the Levantine early Upper Palaeolithic in Africa.},
  author={Anna Olivieri and Alessandro Achilli and Maria Pala and Vincenza Battaglia and Simona Fornarino and Nadia Al-Zahery and Rosaria Scozzari and Fulvio Cruciani and Doron M Behar and Jean Michel Dugoujon and Clotilde Coudray and A. Silvana Santachiara-Benerecetti and Ornella Semino and Hans-J{\"u}rgen Bandelt and Antonio Torroni},
  volume={314 5806},
Sequencing of 81 entire human mitochondrial DNAs (mtDNAs) belonging to haplogroups M1 and U6 reveals that these predominantly North African clades arose in southwestern Asia and moved together to Africa about 40,000 to 45,000 years ago. Their arrival temporally overlaps with the event(s) that led to the peopling of Europe by modern humans and was most likely the result of the same change in climate conditions that allowed humans to enter the Levant, opening the way to the colonization of both… CONTINUE READING
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