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Y chromosome evidence for Anglo-Saxon mass migration

Weale, ME; Weiss, DA; Jager, RF; Bradman, N; Thomas, MG; (2002) Y chromosome evidence for Anglo-Saxon mass migration. MOL BIOL EVOL , 19 (7) 1008 - 1021.

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Abstract

British history contains several periods of major Cultural change. It remains controversial as to how much these periods coincided with substantial immigration from continental Europe. even for those that Occurred most recently. In this study, we examine genetic data for evidence of male immigration at particular times into Central England and North Wales. To do this, we used 12 biallelic polymorphisms and six microsatellite markers to define high-resolution Y chromosome haplotypes in a sample of 3 13 males from seven towns located along an east-west transect from East Anglia to North Wales. The Central English towns were genetically very similar, whereas the two North Welsh towns differed significantly both from each other and from the Central English towns. When we compared our data with an additional 177 samples collected in Friesland and Norway. We found that the Central English and Frisian samples were statistically indistinguishable. Using novel population genetic models that incorporate both mass migration and continuous gene flow, we conclude that these striking patterns are best explained by a substantial migration of Anglo-Saxon Y chromosomes into Central England (contributing 50%-100% to the gene pool Lit that time) but not into North Wales.

Type:Article
Title:Y chromosome evidence for Anglo-Saxon mass migration
Identifier:PMID: 12082121
Keywords:Y chromosome, unique event polymorphisms, microsatellite haplotypes, British population history, genetic anthropology, population genetic models, BRITISH-ISLES, MICROSATELLITE LOCI, SEQUENCE VARIATION, HUMAN-POPULATIONS, EUROPE, POLYMORPHISMS, ARCHAEOLOGY, ANCESTRY, ORIGINS, GENE
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of) > Genetics, Evolution and Environment

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