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the Guanches, Basques, Berbers & Sea People => Guanches, Basques & Berbers => Topic started by: Boreas on April 28, 2007, 12:12:46 am



Title: Berbers from Europe?
Post by: Boreas on April 28, 2007, 12:12:46 am
Lactose perstistance points to a Eurasian origin of the Berbers

A new study lends further support in the Eurasian origin of the Berbers. This further explains their Caucasoid racial character and argues against some theories of Afrocentrist scholars that Berbers are simply adapted supra-Saharan Africans. An excerpt:

"The data presented here are consistent with a scenario in which proto-Berber-speaking ovicaprid pastoralists introduced the 13910T allele, and thereby lactose tolerance, into North Africa. This scenario implies a genetic input from migrating pastoralists from the Middle East and suggests that contemporary Berber populations share a Middle Eastern dairying origin with other Eurasian populations."

See also A Predominantly Neolithic Origin for Y-Chromosomal DNA Variation in North Africa and Lactase Persistence in Africans and Back-Migration from Eurasia.

Human Genetics (Online)