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Modern Europeans descended from three different groups

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

Ancient Minoans genetically related to Europeans

DNA analysis performed on a 4,000-year-old skeleton suggests that the Minoan civilization was founded by the descendants of the first European populations and not from Egyptians as a previous theory proposed. To test that idea, the research team analyzed DNA from ancient Minoan skeletons that were sealed in a cave in

Most modern Europeans shared common ancestors

Genetic research suggests that all modern Europeans have common ancestors who lived 1,000 years ago. Whether they are a Serb and a Swiss, or a Finn and a Frenchman, any two Europeans are likely to have many common ancestors who lived around 1,000 years ago. A genomic survey of 2,257 people

Ancient Europeans vanished 4,500 years ago

A new study has found that 4,500 years ago the genetic markers of the first pan-European culture was suddenly replaced, suggesting a huge turnover in the population that made up the continent. The Bell Beaker culture, which emerged from the Iberian Peninsula around 2800 B.C., may have played a role in

Americans reached Europe 500 years before Columbus reached the New World

A genetic study of an Icelandic family has revealed that Vikings may have brought Native Americans to Europe 500 years before Columbus "discovered" the New World. Research indicates that a woman from the North American continent probably arrived in Iceland some time around 1000AD leaving behind genes that are

Europeans, as seen through African Eyes

The Detroit Institute of Arts has opened up a fascinating exhibition titled "Through Afrian Eyes: The European in African Art, 1500 to Present" which features some amazing artworks. One thing is whiteness, a confusing sight. The show begins with two wood figures carved by Kongo artists in Central Africa