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Europe's first farmers

4th September 2009

Analysis of ancient DNA from skeletons suggests that Europe's first farmers were not the descendants of the people who settled the area after the retreat of the ice sheets.

Instead, the early farmers probably migrated into major areas of central and Eastern Europe about 7,500 years ago, bringing domesticated plants and animals with them,

Official press release from UCL's press office

Newspaper coverage from the international press

'Genetic discontinuity between local hunter-gatherers and Central Europe's first farmers' published in Science