Identifying Genetic Traces of Historical Expansions: Phoenician Footprints in the Mediterranean (American Journal of Human Genetics)

Photo: Map of Phoenicia

A new research study conducted by the Genographic Project’s scientific consortium reveals the genetic legacy of the Phoenicians with the development of a new analytical method for detecting the subtle genetic impact of historical population migrations. The study, led by Chris Tyler-Smith, Genographic Associate Researcher, Pierre Zalloua, Genographic Principal Investigator and Daniel Platt of IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, NY, finds that as many as one in 17 men in the Mediterranean basin may have a Phoenician as a direct male-line ancestor.