Population History of Europe: Genetics


Patterns of genetic diversity contain information on population histories. The archaeological record shows that people of different provenance entered Europe at different times. Analysis of genetic diversity suggests that the current Europeans do not derive from Neanderthal ancestors and shows the effects of both gene flow and reproductive isolation.

Keywords: genetic diversity; population history; geographic variation; gene genealogies; gene flow; genetic drift


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Barbujani, Guido(Sep 2006) Population History of Europe: Genetics. In: eLS. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester. http://www.els.net [doi: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005962]