Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Population genomics of Early Bronze Age Europe in three simple graphs
Thanks to recent advances in ancient genomics there's very little doubt now that the Pontic-Caspian Steppe was the source of massive population movements deep into Europe during the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age.
But some people still don't get it, maybe because genomics isn't their thing? Others just refuse to get it probably because it's at odds with what they've been hoping to see (fine example here).
To help the former, and piss off the latter some more, I've put together three simple TreeMix graphs featuring ancient samples from a wide range of European archeological cultures, along with a little bit of commentary. Enjoy.
Full output from the analysis above is available in a zip file here. The samples and markers are listed here and here. The ancient samples are from Allentoft et al. 2015 and Haak et al. 2015. The Sub-Saharan Africans are from the fully public Human Origins dataset available here.