Y-Chromosomes In the News

4 Aug 2013

At www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/352058/description/Y_chromosome_anal... ... which is basically telling us the male line is as old as the female mitochondrial line - but what does it mean for earlier genetic studies into the age of migrating groups of people? Is it possible that migrations are also older than imagined - such as the genetic footprint of the first farmers. Might this mark the genetic footprint of a Palaeolithic migration - or is this pie in the sky. If Y-chromosomes now go back to roughly 200,000 + years ago where does that leave other assumptions central to the anthropological consensus view. Lots of questions - but don't expect the answers