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A Predominantly Neolithic Origin for European Paternal Lineages

  • Patricia Balaresque,

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Georgina R. Bowden,

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Susan M. Adams,

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Ho-Yee Leung,

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Turi E. King,

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Zoë H. Rosser,

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Jane Goodwin,

    Affiliation: Ty Celyn, Maeshafod, Blaina, Gwent, United Kingdom

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  • Jean-Paul Moisan,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Etude du Polymorphisme de l'ADN, Faculté de Médecine, Nantes, France

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  • Christelle Richard,

    Affiliation: Laboratoire d'Etude du Polymorphisme de l'ADN, Faculté de Médecine, Nantes, France

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  • Ann Millward,

    Affiliation: Molecular Medicine Research Group, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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  • Andrew G. Demaine,

    Affiliation: Molecular Medicine Research Group, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

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  • Guido Barbujani,

    Affiliation: Dipartimento di Biologia ed Evoluzione, Università di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

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  • Carlo Previderè,

    Affiliation: Dipartimento di Medicina Legale e Sanità Pubblica, Università di Pavia, Pavia, Italy

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  • Ian J. Wilson,

    Affiliation: Institute of Human Genetics, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

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  • Chris Tyler-Smith,

    Affiliation: The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, United Kingdom

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  • Mark A. Jobling mail

    maj4@le.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Department of Genetics, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom

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  • Published: January 19, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000285

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Matriarchal society?

Posted by scimom on 29 Jan 2010 at 04:16 GMT

Could the prevalence of mtDNA lineages originating from hunter-gatherers represent a matriarchal society? In such case females may be less likely to migrate away from their place of birth.

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