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Refining the South Asian Origin of the Romani people

In this study, based also on genome-wide SNP data, we attempted to refine these findings using significantly larger number of European Roma samples, an extended dataset of Indian groups and involving Pakistani groups into the analyses. Our Roma data contained 179 Roma samples. Our extended Indian data consisted of 51 distinct Indian ethnic groups, which...

2017-09-05T15:47:17+00:00 September 5th, 2017|

Case report: Coincidental inclusion in a 17-locus Y-STR mixture, wrongful conviction and exoneration

We report the case of a suspect (Suspect-3) who was convicted (and later exonerated) of participating in the multiple-attacker rape of two women. The forensic evidence against him was his...

2017-08-16T13:15:59+00:00 August 16th, 2017|

mtDNA structure: the women who formed the Brazilian Northeast

Our findings are in disagreement with previous investigations that suggest African mitochondrial ancestry is the most prevalent in the Brazilian Northeast. The predominance of Amerindian lineages exemplifies the importance of indigenous women in the formation of the population, despite intense African slave entry and conflicts with European settlers.

2017-08-16T12:58:16+00:00 August 16th, 2017|

Analysis of the R1b-DF27 haplogroup shows that a large fraction of Iberian Y-chromosome lineages originated recently in situ

Haplogroup R1b-M269 comprises most Western European Y chromosomes; of its main branches, R1b-DF27 is by far the least known, and it appears to be highly prevalent only in Iberia.

2017-08-05T08:22:40+00:00 August 5th, 2017|

Cultural diffusion of Indo-Aryan languages into Bangladesh: A perspective from mitochondrial DNA

Although both linguistic and historical studies indicated only a small group of Aryans had been involved into the diffusion of Indo-Aryan languages into Bangladesh, no genetic studies had been carried out to prove this notion.

2017-08-05T06:20:05+00:00 August 5th, 2017|

The distribution of mitochondrial DNA haplogroup H in southern Iberia indicates ancient human genetic exchanges along the western edge of the Mediterranean

Derived haplotypes were found in both regions; haplotypes were shared far more frequently between Andalusia and Morocco than between Andalusia and the rest of the Maghreb. These and previous results indicate intense, ancient and sustained contact among populations on both sides of the Mediterranean.

2017-08-04T09:51:11+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Mitochondrial DNA analysis of Tunisians reveals a mosaic genetic structure with recent population expansion

The resulting picture for the mtDNA pool confirms the evidence of a recent expansion of the Tunisian population and is in accordance with a mosaic structure, composed by North African, Middle Easterner, European and Sub-Saharan lineages, resulting from a complex settlement history.

2017-08-04T09:31:44+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Subdivisions of haplogroups U and C encompass mitochondrial DNA lineages of Eneolithic–Early Bronze Age Kurgan populations of western North Pontic steppe

Our results indicate the persistence of Mesolithic hunter–gatherer mtDNA lineages in western NPR through the EBA, as well as suggesting a mtDNA lineage continuum connecting the western NPR inhabitants of the Early Metal Ages to the North Pontic Neolithic population groups.

2017-08-04T08:07:49+00:00 August 4th, 2017|

Rabbits in the grave! Consequences of bioturbation on the Neandertal “burial” at Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne)

The understanding of Neanderthal societies, both with regard to their funerary behaviors and their subsistence activities, is hotly debated... To better appreciate the exact nature of what is potentially the oldest burial in Western Europe, Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne), and to better understand the taphonomy of this site excavated more than 50 years ago, we report in this contribution a study of the most abundant animals throughout its stratigraphy: the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

2017-07-06T09:52:48+00:00 July 6th, 2017|