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  Survival of late pleistocene hunter-gatherer ancestry in the Iberian Peninsula

Villalba-Mouco, V., Loosdrecht, M. S. v. d., Posth, C., Mora, R., Martínez-Moreno, J., Rojo-Guerra, M., et al. (2019). Survival of late pleistocene hunter-gatherer ancestry in the Iberian Peninsula. Current Biology, 29(7), 1169-1177. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.006.

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Villalba-Mouco, Vanessa1, Author                 
Loosdrecht, Marieke Sophia van de1, Author                 
Posth, Cosimo1, Author           
Mora, Rafael, Author
Martínez-Moreno, Jorge, Author
Rojo-Guerra, Manuel, Author
Salazar-García, Domingo Carlos1, Author                 
Royo-Guillén, José I., Author
Kunst, Michael, Author
Rougier, Hélène, Author
Crevecoeur, Isabelle, Author
Arcusa-Magallón, Héctor, Author
Tejedor-Rodríguez, Cristina, Author
de Lagrán, Iñigo García-Martínez, Author
Garrido-Pena, Rafael, Author
Alt, Kurt W., Author
Jeong, Choongwon1, Author           
Schiffels, Stephan1, Author                 
Utrilla, Pilar, Author
Krause, Johannes1, Author                 
Haak, Wolfgang1, Author                  more..
1Archaeogenetics, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Max Planck Society, ou_2074310              


Free keywords: Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, ancient DNA, human, Last Glacial Maximum, Iberia, Europe, genome, ancestry
 Abstract: Summary
The Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe represents an important test case for the study of human population movements during prehistoric periods. During the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), the peninsula formed a periglacial refugium [1] for hunter-gatherers (HGs) and thus served as a potential source for the re-peopling of northern latitudes [2]. The post-LGM genetic signature was previously described as a cline from Western HG (WHG) to Eastern HG (EHG), further shaped by later Holocene expansions from the Near East and the North Pontic steppes [3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9]. Western and central Europe were dominated by ancestry associated with the ∼14,000-year-old individual from Villabruna, Italy, which had largely replaced earlier genetic ancestry, represented by 19,000–15,000-year-old individuals associated with the Magdalenian culture [2]. However, little is known about the genetic diversity in southern European refugia, the presence of distinct genetic clusters, and correspondence with geography. Here, we report new genome-wide data from 11 HGs and Neolithic individuals that highlight the late survival of Paleolithic ancestry in Iberia, reported previously in Magdalenian-associated individuals. We show that all Iberian HGs, including the oldest, a ∼19,000-year-old individual from El Mirón in Spain, carry dual ancestry from both Villabruna and the Magdalenian-related individuals. Thus, our results suggest an early connection between two potential refugia, resulting in a genetic ancestry that survived in later Iberian HGs. Our new genomic data from Iberian Early and Middle Neolithic individuals show that the dual Iberian HG genomic legacy pertains in the peninsula, suggesting that expanding farmers mixed with local HGs.
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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-04-012019-04
 Publication Status: Issued
 Pages: 9
 Publishing info: -
 Table of Contents: -
 Rev. Type: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.02.006
Other: shh1205
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Project name : PALEoRIDER
Grant ID : 771234
Funding program : Horizon 2020 (H2020)
Funding organization : European Commission (EC)

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Title: Current Biology
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: -
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 29 (7) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1169 - 1177 Identifier: ISSN: 0960-9822