Latest Neolithic Europe Stories
Using a groundbreaking technique involving the fields of both archaeology and genomics, a large team of international researchers has found that Europeans were largely lactose intolerant until about 3,000 years ago – much later than previously thought.
By sequencing the mitochondrial DNA of the first Near Eastern farmers for the first time, researchers have discovered evidence supporting an Early Neolithic pioneer maritime colonization of mainland Europe that involved expansion through Cyprus and the Aegean Islands.
About 10,000 years ago, the Neolithic age ushered in one of the most dramatic periods of human cultural and technological transition, where independently, different world populations developed the domestication of plants and animals.
According to a new DNA analysis, human expansion from Africa to Europe most likely occurred after the Last Glacial Maximum, between 26,500 and 19,000 years ago, and the Neolithic Era, approximately 12,000 years ago.
A study of DNA from ancient farmers in Europe shows sharp differences from that of modern Europeans - results that are likely to add fuel to the debate over European origins.