Correlating DNA with History


A new technique called “Globetrotter” is allowing researchers to correlate historical events with ancient human DNA, particularly those points in history where distinct human populations bred.

Researchers applied a statistical algorithm to the genome of 1,490 individuals in 95 populations worldwide, identifying 100 points where populations bred over 160 generations during the last four million years.

Though the scientists were able to correlate the data with known historical events, such as Alexander the Great, what is perhaps even more exciting is they pinpointed events where human populations bred that we have no historical record of. One such case is the evidence of the Chinese Tu tribe mixing with a Greek-like European population in 1200 CE.

A genetic map illustrating this research can be found here.

Image via Social Media Explorer.
Via Popular Archaeology.

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About spikemarlowe

Spike Marlowe and her Siamese twin sister were born to academics in Provo, Utah during the region’s speculative fiction renaissance. Since her teenage years, when Spike’s parents and sister entered the Federal Witness Protection Program--which necessitated the surgical separation of Spike from her sister (if you buy her a couple drinks and ask nicely, Spike may show you the scars)--she has held a variety of odd jobs, including a performer in a wild west show, detective, Bigfoot researcher and writer for an Internet content farm. Recently she found her calling as a Bizarro author. When she’s not writing fiction she works as a street busker in San Francisco. At night she fights crime. Her first novel, Placenta of Love, will be released by Eraserhead Press in November 2011.

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