Evidence uncovered of ancient migration to Spain

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MIGRATION: The study is the most extensive of its kind, tracing more than 8,000 years of history across Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Gibraltar. File image. Photo credit: Shutterstock


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SCIENTISTS studying DNA from Bronze Age burial sites in the Pyrenees have found migration from Central Europe changed the genes of those living in Spain at the time.

The research, published in Science journal, saw migrants cross the mountain range over a period of 400 years, existing the genetic profile of the male inhabitants there before.

Researchers said they are unsure whether the change was due to violence but found DNA showed migration from as far away as Russia to Spain.

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The study is the most extensive of its kind, tracing more than 8,000 years of history across Spain, Portugal, Andorra, and Gibraltar.

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  1. I think you mean displacing rather than ‘existing’ the genetic profile Sally. Oops! There’s much more about this interesting scientific study elsewhere on the net. The overwhelming conclusion is that the current inhabitants of Spain, and the rest of the Iberian peninsula, completely replaced the original inhabitants during the Bronze Age. Proof, if it was needed, that immigration is nothing new. It’s been the norm ever since the first humans came out of Africa. You would think we should be used to it by now! Change is normal. Stasis is not.

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