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Modern Europeans descended from three different groups

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Analysis carried out on the remains of eight ancient Europeans has revealed that modern Europeans descended from three distinct groups.

Present-day Europeans, the latest work shows, trace their ancestry to three groups in various combinations: hunter-gatherers, some of them blue-eyed, who arrived from Africa more than 40,000 years ago; Middle Eastern farmers who migrated west much more recently; and a novel, more mysterious population whose range probably spanned northern Europe and Siberia.

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Story: Ewen Callaway, Nature | Photo: De Agostini Picture Library/Getty Images

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