Monday, February 9, 2015
David Reich's Oxford seminar
Harvard Professor David Reich is holding a seminar later today at Jesus College, Oxford, on the population history of Europe. Part of the talk will focus on unpublished genome-wide data from 69 ancient remains from Germany, Hungary, Russia and Spain, as far as I know mostly dating to 6,000-1,000 BC (see here).
I'm hoping that Professor Reich might also reveal a few details, or at least give us some clues, about the Y-haplogroups of these prehistoric individuals. It would be interesting to find out, for instance, which of the samples belong to R1b, the most common Y-haplogroup in Europe today, but thus far missing from ancient European DNA older than the late Neolithic.
It's likely that some of the people attending the seminar will blog or tweet about it soon after it's over. I'll try to compile the most useful of these reports in an update tomorrow. Feel free to help me out in the comments section below. However, please keep the discussion firmly on topic.
Update 09/02/2015: Jean Manco, author of the recent book Ancestral Journeys, is sharing her notes from the lecture here. Paraphrasing David Reich, she says that Yamnaya brought both R1a and R1b to Europe.
Update 11/02/2015: Massive migration from the steppe is a source for Indo-European languages in Europe (Haak et al. 2015 preprint) .