The genetic variation in the R1a clade among the Ashkenazi Levites’ Y chromosome

Here, we report the variation of 486 Y-chromosomes within the Ashkenazi and non-Ashkenazi Levite R1a clade, other Ashkenazi Jewish paternal lineages, as well as non-Levite Jewish and non-Jewish R1a samples.

2017-11-02T13:43:42+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|

The time and place of European admixture in Ashkenazi Jewish history

Ashkenazi Jews appeared in Europe in the 10th century, and their ancestry is thought to comprise European (EU) and Middle-Eastern (ME) components... The inferred admixture time was ≈30 generations ago, but multiple lines of evidence suggest that it represents an average over two or more events, pre- and post-dating the founder event experienced by AJ in late medieval times. The time of the pre-bottleneck admixture event, which was likely Southern European, was estimated to ≈25–50 generations ago.

2018-02-18T06:54:45+00:00 April 29th, 2017|

Indigenous Arabs are descendants of the earliest split from ancient Eurasian populations

The indigenous Arab genomes defined a cluster distinct from other ancestral groups, and these genomes showed clear hallmarks of an ancient out-of-Africa bottleneck.

2017-01-01T10:42:24+00:00 January 1st, 2017|


Q-M323 is a branch on the paternal tree of human kind. It was first found in the Yemeni Jewish population. It may be exclusive to the Yemeni Jewish population, because it has not been found in other populations. (Shen et al., 2004)

2016-08-26T00:45:33+00:00 August 25th, 2016|

Ancient Migratory Events in the Middle East: New Clues from the Y-Chromosome Variation of Modern Iranians

Knowledge of high resolution Y-chromosome haplogroup diversification within Iran provides important geographic context regarding the spread and compartmentalization of male lineages in the Middle East and southwestern Asia. At present, the Iranian population is characterized by an extraordinary mix of different ethnic groups speaking a variety of Indo-Iranian, Semitic and Turkic languages. Despite

2018-02-17T09:18:31+00:00 December 31st, 2012|

A comparison of Y-chromosome variation in Sardinia and Anatolia is more consistent with cultural rather than demic diffusion of agriculture

Two alternative models have been proposed to explain the spread of agriculture in Europe during the Neolithic period. The demic diffusion model postulates the spreading of farmers from the Middle East along a Southeast to Northeast axis. Conversely, the cultural diffusion model assumes transmission of agricultural techniques without substantial movements of people.

2018-02-17T23:24:29+00:00 December 31st, 2010|