Genetic Map of Europe

source: Big Think: Genetic map of Europe
source: Big Think: Genetic map of Europe

Isn’t it beautiful?

Some thoughts:

Sardinia and the Basques: low Indo-European genetic component.

I’ve been saying for a while the Ashkenazim should be considered a European group. Genetically, they’re half-Italian, and they’ve been living in Europe for about 2,000 years.

Tuscany has, I think, a very high Neanderthal %? I’m not sure why different parts of Italy would be so far apart, but I can see why Italy might have problems with staying unified or forming national-scale institutions.

Finns and Hungarians are not divergent enough from other Europeans to consider their unique language situation indicative of major genetic differences.

World’s most famous Chuvash:

Vladimir Lenin

Chuvash are a “Turkic” people of Russia. (Turks are also a “Turkic” people, though ironically, they actually don’t have a lot of Turkic DNA.)

Hrm, I should do a post on the Turkic Peoples.

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12 thoughts on “Genetic Map of Europe

  1. “Turks are also a “Turkic” people, though ironically, they actually don’t have a lot of Turkic DNA”

    A rose by any other name…

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  2. “Turks are also a “Turkic” people, though ironically, they actually don’t have a lot of Turkic DNA”

    I think it’s more proper to say that Turks aren’t very related to other Turkic peoples genetically. Otherwise we’re really conflating a language/cultural group with a population.

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  3. “I’m not sure why different parts of Italy would be so far apart”

    Italy is like a microcosm of all of Europe, in the far North, near the Alps there are a lot of blonde people that could pass as Germans in the far south of Calabria and the Islands a lot of the people could pass for Arab.

    I think the geography must be part of this, Italy is like a long foot reaching out of the heart of Europe and deep into the Mediterranean, more so than Greece or Spain. The Peninsula part of Italy is characterized by hilly and mountainous terrain not easy to access by land but easy to access by sea. Perhaps the Germanic and earlier Indo European land invasions were not able to penetrate so deeply into the Peninsula by land whereas Mediterranean peoples were easily able to access the south via the sea?

    Also Italy had no “Reconquista” event like Spain, which acted like a genetic cleaning of the slate and starting over as the Muslims were gradually expelled and their lands repopulated from people from the North.

    You would think that the long period of Roman rule in Italy would have mixed people up more, but the genetic evidence shows otherwise.

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    • It is a myth that northern Italians are blond. It is also a myth that Germans are blond. Most Germans are a mix of phenotypes that once existed. The so-called Nordic phenotype is not at all prevalent in Germany. If the average German was to conform to any phenotype, it would be the Alpine phenotype. Southern Germans look more like northern Italians, than they do Swedes, Danes, or Norwegians, and on average neither a Bavarian nor a Venetian look Scandinavian. There is very little difference in appearance between people of central France, Switzerland, Southern Germany, Northern Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Slovenia.

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