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From: ellen Levy <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] The Basques and Scholarship
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 12:21:44 -0700 (PDT)
In-Reply-To: <000901c79efd$b66c3dd0$6400a8c0@Ken1>


I was specifically referring to studies like McEvoy's
"The Longue Duree of Genetic Ancestry," that allege
that "genetic marker systems indicate a shared
ancestry throughout the Atlantic zone from northern
Iberia to western Scandinavia, that date back to the
end of the last Ice Age." He refers explicitly to R1b
and among mtDNA lineages, Haplogroup V, as reflective
of this shared genetic legacy.

However, given the lack of V among ancient Basque and
Iberian remains, the claim seems unsupportable in my
view, at least in regards to that particular

Furthermore, McEvoy does admit that there is an
alternative explanation to these shared genetic
features, specifically, restricted patterns of
long-term gene flow between these regions.

Ellen Coffman

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