If you've been reading my blog at all you know that I can't resist a medieval skeleton. Someone is always being dug up, from Anglo-Saxon warriors to Richard III. Today, however, we go farther back. Much farther. 4500 years ago. Apparently, the genetic lineage of Europe mysteriously transformed about 4,500 years ago, at least according to a story on Huffington Post quoting from the Journal Nature.
According to the article:
"What is intriguing is that the genetic markers of this first pan-European culture, which was clearly very successful, were then suddenly replaced around 4,500 years ago, and we don't know why," said study co-author Alan Cooper, of the University of Adelaide Australian Center for Ancient DNA, in a statement. "Something major happened, and the hunt is now on to find out what that was."
The new study also confirms that people sweeping out from Turkey colonized Europe, likely as a part of the agricultural revolution, reaching Germany about 7,500 years ago.