Phoenician DNA

26 May 2016

At … the mtDNA of a Phoenician (possibly a Cathaginian) living 2500 years ago has been sequenced. He had the genes of a rare European haplogroup suggesting he had ancestors from somewhere on the opposite side of the Mediterranean from Carthage (such as Iberia or southern France). The findings appear in the May issue of PLOS ONE (see also…

The haplogroup is one of the oldest identified in Europe but is now rare – but modern day examples exist in Portugal. This is thought to suggest Phoenicians in Iberia mixed with natives.

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