torstai 16. helmikuuta 2017

Rare alleles show: Baltic-Finnic people are Central Europeans with Saami admixture

Speaking about Finns one of the most speculated issues have been the origin of their minor Siberian admixture.  The debate has been effusive, but in the end only boring.  Researchers have mentioned Mongols, Chinese, Nganasans, Khanties inter alia, but, as we use to say, one should not go farther than the sea to fish.  Using rare alleles, the method used by Schiffels et al. 2015 (,  we see that the Siberian admixture is credibly explained by the common history of Finnish and Saami people and the foundation of Finnish people is in this sense in Central Europe.   Of course we need to compare rare alleles of Finns and other European populations to find out who are the closest relatives for Finns and to see details.  Volga-Finnic and Eastern Uralic people show clearly different eastern admixture.  If we assume that the Finns came from Volga or Ural regions we have to explain the difference in Asian admixtures.  The simplest way to do this would be to determine the origin of the Saami-Siberian admixture and date it.  You can see this as a hint for Estonian and Finnish researchers :)

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