Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

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Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

#1  Postby DougC » Sep 07, 2015 11:47 pm

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DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques.
The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.
One theory proposed that they were an unmixed pocket of indigenous hunters.
Now, a study in PNAS journal suggests they descend from early farmers who mixed with local hunters before becoming isolated for millennia.
The Basques have unique customs and a language - Euskera - that is unrelated to any other spoken in Europe, or indeed the world.
Nestled in a mountainous corner of Atlantic Europe, they also show distinct genetic patterns to their neighbours in France and Spain.

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