Ancient DNA Indicates Farmers, Not Just Farming, Spread West (Public Library of Science—Biology)

The Genographic Project published a study in the journal PLoS Biology revealing the complex genetic changes that occurred in early European populations. Studying mitochondrial DNA, the researchers analyzed human remains at one of the first farming sites in Europe, from a well-documented archaeological site in Germany inhabited around 5500-5000 BC. Lead author and Genographic Post Doc Wolfgang Haak said: “Our results reveal that the first farmers in Europe were indeed invaders with revolutionary new ideas, rather than populations of Stone Age hunter-gatherers who already existed in the area.”