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    Genetic history of the population of Crete

    I have not seen this article referenced before, but if it has, can one of the moderators delete it?

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1111/ahg.12328

    The samples collected did not include any samples from the urban areas. They were all from rural areas with the samples collected only from people at least 70 yrs old with all 4 grandparents natives to the areas.

    The main conclusions as I understand them:

    1. There is definitely an east/west cline in Crete, reflecting migrations from the Dodecanese and Peloponnese to Crete
    2. Negligible Arab/Andalusia influence from the 134 year occupation of Crete by Arabs of Andalusia. Maybe because they were slaughtered by the reconquering Byzantines. Also remember this study only sampled rural residents
    3. Negligible genetic influence by the Venetians. Also could be attributed to the rural samples and to the fact that Venetians withdrew from the land taking their whole retina including some locals that collaborated/admixed with the Venetians
    4. Lot of genetic similarity to Western, Northern, Central and Eastern European populations. They could not infer whether that influence were due to the steppe influence of Ancient Greeks, Gothic invasions, the repopulation of the island by the Byzantines after expelling/slaughtering the Arabs or due to Slavic influence in the Middle Ages.

    Discuss amongst yourselves.

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    The paper was discussed here:
    https://www.eupedia.com/forum/thread...pulation+Crete


    Didn't you know, the experts at anthrogenica are sure there was a massive migration from the Levant to the Greek islands as well as to Southern Italy/Sicily?

    The TELL TALE marker is some "NATUFIAN" or LEVANTINE, that the academics can't seem to find. :)


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    This is yet another study in which the Peloponnese and Crete genetically overlap/are close to each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigsnake49 View Post
    I have not seen this article referenced before, but if it has, can one of the moderators delete it?

    https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/...1111/ahg.12328

    The samples collected did not include any samples from the urban areas. They were all from rural areas with the samples collected only from people at least 70 yrs old with all 4 grandparents natives to the areas.

    The main conclusions as I understand them:

    1. There is definitely an east/west cline in Crete, reflecting migrations from the Dodecanese and Peloponnese to Crete
    2. Negligible Arab/Andalusia influence from the 134 year occupation of Crete by Arabs of Andalusia. Maybe because they were slaughtered by the reconquering Byzantines. Also remember this study only sampled rural residents
    3. Negligible genetic influence by the Venetians. Also could be attributed to the rural samples and to the fact that Venetians withdrew from the land taking their whole retina including some locals that collaborated/admixed with the Venetians
    4. Lot of genetic similarity to Western, Northern, Central and Eastern European populations. They could not infer whether that influence were due to the steppe influence of Ancient Greeks, Gothic invasions, the repopulation of the island by the Byzantines after expelling/slaughtering the Arabs or due to Slavic influence in the Middle Ages.

    Discuss amongst yourselves.
    Venetians owned/governed Crete from 1204 to circa 1680 ..........it was the only venetian colony outside of italy and istria where they could settle their wives/children ........there legacy there as noted from other dna papers is basically only R1b
    Tinos, santorini ( santa irena ) mykonos and other islands also should have the same R1b markers
    Fathers mtdna T2b17
    Grandfather mtdna T1a1e
    Sons mtdna K1a4o
    Mum paternal line R1b-S8172
    Grandmum paternal side I1d1-P109
    Wife paternal line R1a-Z282

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