Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins
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Genetic Genealogy News
Family Tree DNA sent out the following email on the evening of the 18th. Please keep in mind that although the two public databases are being shut down there will not be a direct impact on your FTDNA test results, matching, or project participation.
Announcement FTDNA Admin GDPR 2: Group Project Updates about the General Data Protection Regulations
Family Tree DNA sent the following information out to project administrators on the 15th. One of the most important changes that is being folded in with the GDPR updates is that new project members will have to change the default setting after they join a project to allow the project administrator to impersonate into their kit. This is important for doing things like downloading the CSV file of BIG Y500 STR results.
Family Tree DNA's plans to shut down both YSearch and MitoSearch were announced in the FTDNA Forums by Darren on the 10th. While both sites have needed updating for a long time, they have provided a valuable service to the community.
Recent Journal Articles
Recent and compelling archaeological evidence attests to human presence 14.5 ka at multiple sites in South America
and a very early exploitation of extreme high-altitude Andean environments.
Ancient mitogenomes of Phoenicians from Sardinia and Lebanon: A story of settlement, integration, and female mobility
In this study, we investigate the extent of Phoenician integration with the Sardinian communities they settled. We present 14 new ancient mitogenome sequences from pre-Phoenician (~1800 BCE) and Phoenician (~700–400 BCE) samples from Lebanon (n = 4) and Sardinia (n = 10)…
Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans
The origins and genetic affinity of the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands, commonly known as Guanches, are poorly understood.
Using phylogenetic modelling with allele frequency correlations and rare variation, we present a comprehensive model for the complex peopling of North America.