DNA

Scientists Piecing Together European Pre-History With DNA

Gene pool founded between 4,000 and 2,000 BC according to researchers

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DNA sequenced from nearly 40 ancient skeletons has shed light on the complex prehistoric events that shaped modern European populations.

A study of remains from Central Europe suggests the foundations of the modern gene pool were laid down between 4,000 and 2,000 BC—in Neolithic times.