Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sentences you don't hear too often...

Regarding early European farmers:
Studies of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), which is inherited maternally, tell a different story. The majority of European mtDNA haplogroups appear to have arrived on the continent during the Palaeolithic.
Dr Patricia Balaresque, first author of the study, said: "In total, this means that more than 80% of European Y chromosomes descend from incoming farmers. In contrast, most maternal genetic lineages seem to descend from hunter-gatherers.
"To us, this suggests a reproductive advantage for farming males over indigenous hunter-gatherer males during the switch from hunting and gathering, to farming - maybe, back then, it was just sexier to be a farmer."[More][My emphasis]
Deep inside, I think we all know this still to be true.

1 comment:

buffalobill said...

Well, at least the quote was not 'Farmers were sexier back then'. Of course, farmers have always been sexy. They just were real tired! So it may not have appeared they were sexy at all!