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01-07-15, 22:46
Vestiges of an Ancient Border in the Contemporary Genetic Diversity of North-Eastern Europe,http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0130331
Abstract"It has previously been demonstrated that the advance of the Neolithic Revolution from the Near East through Europe was decelerated in the northernmost confines of the continent, possibly as a result of space and resource competition with lingering Mesolithic populations. Finland was among the last domains to adopt a farming lifestyle, and is characterized by substructuring in the form of a distinct genetic border dividing the northeastern and southwestern regions of the country. To explore the origins of this divergence, the geographical patterns of mitochondrial and Y-chromosomal haplogroups of Neolithic and Mesolithic ancestry were assessed in Finnish populations. The distribution of these uniparental markers revealed a northeastern bias for hunter-gatherer haplogroups, while haplogroups associated with the farming lifestyle clustered in the southwest. In addition, a correlation could be observed between more ancient mitochondrial haplogroup age and eastern concentration. These results coupled with prior archeological evidence suggest the genetic northeast/southwest division observed in contemporary Finland represents an ancient vestigial border between Mesolithic and Neolithic populations undetectable in most other regions of Europe."

03-07-15, 22:24
Neolithic population in Finland's context (also noted in article) is Corded Ware and post-Corded Ware.

Interesting if Latvia is taken in similar study, would they find above/below Daugava differences in Neo/Meso mtdna... That was another border where Corded culture dominated vs where Corded culture was assimilated.