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Friday, December 23, 2005

Europeans Have Stone Age Faces

A new study concludes that today's Europeans have inherited the features of their stone age hunter-gatherer predecesors. The study compared 24 face measurements of a large modern-day sample with measurements taken from ancient skeletons from Scandinavia to North Africa. The results suggest that today's Europeans are descended primarily from indigenous prehistoric hunter-gatherers, and that farming, originally introduced by Neolithic settlers from the Near East, was largely adopted by the indigenous prehistoric population and not spread by massive immigration from the Neolithic middle-easterners, as was previously thought.

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