Here's an Admixture graph from a paper published in Science today, which focuses on ancient genomes from Mesolithic and Neolithic Sweden.
I think it sums up very succinctly some of stuff we've discussed at length on these blogs in recent months. Note that it's the Neolithic and post-Neolithic European farmers, Gökhem2 and Oetzi the Iceman, respectively, who appear to be mixtures of two very distinct Eurasian clades; one shifted towards Sub-Saharan Africa, and the other basically identical to that of European hunter-gatherers.
On the other hand, hunter-gatherers La Brana1 and MA1, from Mesolithic Iberia and Upper Paleolithic Siberia, respectively, are each derived entirely from two closely related North Eurasian hunter-gatherer clades, while Ajvide58, a hunter-gather from early Neolithic Gotland, appears to be a mixture between these clades. Note also that Anzick-1 and Saqqaq are significantly East Eurasian (pink clade), but none of the ancient North Eurasians show this influence.
Moreover, one of the main findings of this study is that the Swedish hunter-gatherers had extremely low conditional nucleotide, or genomic, diversity (0.18122), much lower than the ancient Swedish farmers (0.20134), modern Europeans (from 0.20754 among the British to 0.21269 among Spaniards) and even modern Han Chinese (0.19442), who are known to be amongst the least genetically diverse human groups. When the Scandinavian hunter-gatherers are combined with La Brana1, the figure goes up to just 0.19744. Refer to Table S16. in the freely available supplementary material PDF for more details (see here). This quote explaining the results is from the main article:
The distinct features of the two Neolithic Scandinavian groups; non-symmetric gene-flow into farmers, low level of diversity among hunter-gatherers and strong differentiation between groups have important implications for our understanding of the demographic histories of these groups. The greater diversity in the farmer population may have been influenced by gene-flow from hunter-gatherers. However, the low level of genetic diversity in Neolithic hunter-gatherers likely has a demo-graphic explanation, similar to the Iberian Mesolithic individual (8). Although we cannot exclude that this low diversity is a feature restricted to the Gotland island hunter-gatherer population, we note that this may be due to the fact that their ancestors resided in ice-free refugia in Eu-rope during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), potentially causing population bottlenecks. Climatic changes and occasional population crashes, likely affected the population sizes of hunter-gatherers (24, 25).
The PCA from the paper underlines how extremely closely related La Brana1 was to the hunter-gatherers from up north. That's despite the fact that he was from Iberia and his Y-chromosome belonged to haplogroup C6, while all of the successfully tested Y-chromosomes from among the Northern European hunter-gatherers to haplogroup I.
However, it's interesting to note that just like Motala3, Motala12 and Loschbour from the Lazaridis et al. preprint, Ajvide58 belonged to sub-haplogroup I2a1, which is presently much less common across Northwestern Europe, especially Sweden, than I1. It actually peaks today in the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and in fact the Loschbour I2a1b sequence is most closely related to that of a Russian from the HGDP dataset, sampled in the Kargopol district in the northwest of the country.
By the way, it warms my heart to see the following two figures in the supplementary material, in which the authors note that the sharp genetic differentiation between Ajvide58 and Gökhem2 is reflected in their varying affinities to modern Northwestern and Southwestern Eurasians. That's because two years ago I wrote a blog entry based on an ADMIXTURE run suggesting that modern West Eurasians descend from two main ancient stocks: the Northwest Eurasians and Southwest Eurasians (see here). Looking back at that effort, I certainly rambled on and didn't quite hit the nail on the head, but the general idea wasn't too far off from what we're now finding out about our deep ancestry thanks to ancient DNA and more sophisticated analysis methods.
Interestingly, the Northern European sample with the lowest affinity to Ajvide58 are the Saami from Norrbotten, Sweden. This is most likely due to post-Mesolithic Siberian ancestry among the Saami, which is essentially East Asian admixture and, as per above, not found among the prehistoric North Eurasian hunter-gatherers or European farmers.
I haven't yet had a chance to look in detail at the inferred pigmentation traits of the ancient Swedes. But Gökhem2 carried the derived allele for SLC24A5, which means she probably had fair skin. On the other hand, Ajvide58 was ancestral at this locus, meaning he was probably dark skinned, much like La Brana1. However, as far as I can make out right now, tables S9 and S10 in the supplementary material suggest that both Gökhem2 and Ajvide58 might have been blue eyed and fair haired.
Skoglund, Malmstrom et al., Genomic Diversity and Admixture Differs for Stone-Age Scandinavian Foragers and Farmers, Published Online April 24 2014, Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1253448.
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