DNA identification of a 10th century female skeleton from the Prague Castle belonging to a member of the Przemyslids Dynasty

The aim of this work is to present the results of DNA identification of a 10th century female skeleton from the Prague Castle that appears to belong to a member of the ruling Przemyslids Dynasty.

2017-09-16T16:07:42+00:00 September 16th, 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|

Late Danubian mitochondrial genomes shed light into the Neolithisation of Central Europe in the 5th millennium BC

Here we address this issue by presenting 5 complete mitochondrial genomes of various late Danubian individuals from modern-day Poland and combining it with available published data. Our data show that Late Danubian cultures are maternally closely related to Funnel Beaker groups instead of culturally similar LBK.

2017-04-19T22:30:19+00:00 April 19th, 2017|


Haplogroup H11a2a1 is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. The woman who started this branch lived at some point between recent generations and 3,300 years ago (Behar et al., 2012b).

2017-12-15T08:23:18+00:00 June 6th, 2016|

Reconstructing ancient mitochondrial DNA links between Africa and Europe

To further evaluate this issue, we analyzed 69 mitochondrial genomes belonging to various L sublineages from a wide range of European populations. Phylogeographic analyses showed that ∼65% of the European L lineages most likely arrived in rather recent historical times, including the Romanization period, the Arab conquest of the Iberian Peninsula and Sicily, and during the period of the Atlantic slave trade. However, the remaining 35% of L mtDNAs form European-specific subclades, revealing that there was gene flow from sub-Saharan Africa toward Europe as early as 11,000 yr ago.

2016-11-03T19:37:50+00:00 December 31st, 2012|