Monday, December 1, 2014
Latest speculation about R1b
The events outlined on the map below purportedly took place during the Neolithic. Perhaps, but we simply don't have enough ancient DNA yet to be sure of much as far as the spread of R1b into Europe is concerned. Nevertheless, I'm just wondering, what's the chance that R1b was established in Western and/or Central Europe before the very late Neolithic, which is what this paper is suggesting, as far as I can tell, but has not shown up in any of the relevant ancient samples to date?
Hovhannisyan et al.: Different waves and directions of Neolithic migrations in the Armenian Highland. Investigative Genetics 2014 5:15. doi:10.1186/s13323-014-0015-6
The story of R1b: it's complicated