Europe has surprisingly little genetic variety. Learning how and when the modern gene-pool came together has been a long journey. But thanks to new technological advances a picture is slowly coming together of repeated colonization by peoples from the east with more efficient lifestyles.
In a new study, we have added a piece to the puzzle: the Y chromosomes of the majority of European men can be traced back to just three individuals living between 3,500 and 7,300 years ago. How their lineages came to dominate Europe makes for interesting speculation. One possibility could be that their DNA rode across Europe on a wave of new culture brought by nomadic people from the Steppe known as the Yamnaya.
This was interesting to encounter, as it came up in conversation at lunch. Someone brought up the tidbit about Y Chromosomal Adam…
On a related note, it’s interesting to look back on what a wedding is. What the roles originally meant/signified… If you read the Game of Thrones series (as the Wilding customs have not been covered on the TV series to date), the Wilding action of “taking a wife” is quite literal – in our history it’s known as marriage “by capture”. It was a time long before customs and such were white washed by media in the likes of Disney, or even the Brothers Grimm.