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Population History of Europe: Genetics

  1. Guido Barbujani

Published Online: 15 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005962



How to Cite

Barbujani, G. 2006. Population History of Europe: Genetics. eLS. .

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  1. University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2006


Patterns of genetic diversity contain information on population histories. The archaeological record shows that people of different provenance entered Europe at different times. Analysis of genetic diversity suggests that the current Europeans do not derive from Neanderthal ancestors and shows the effects of both gene flow and reproductive isolation.


  • genetic diversity;
  • population history;
  • geographic variation;
  • gene genealogies;
  • gene flow;
  • genetic drift