The origin of the Etruscans (the present day Tuscany, Italy), one of the most enigmatic non-Indo-European civilizations, is under intense controversy. We found novel genetic evidences on the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) establishing a genetic link between Anatolia and the ancient Etruria. By way of complete mtDNA genome sequencing of a novel autochthonous Tuscan branch of haplogroup U7 (namely U7a2a), we have estimated an historical time frame for the arrival of Anatolian lineages to Tuscany ranging from 1.1±0.1 to 2.3±0.4 kya B.P.
- Brisighelli, F., Capelli, C., Alvarez-Iglesias, V., Onofri, V., Paoli, G., Tofanelli, S., Carracedo, A., Pascali, V.L. and Salas, A. (2009). The Etruscan timeline: a recent Anatolian connection. European Journal of Human Genetics, 17(5), 693-696.
Peoples: Etruscans | Places: Anatolia, Italy, and Tuscany | Topics: | DNA Type: