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Eur J Hum Genet. 2009 Jun;17(6):848-52. doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2008.258. Epub 2009 Jan 21.

Moors and Saracens in Europe: estimating the medieval North African male legacy in southern Europe.

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Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK. cristian.capelli@zoo.ox.ac.uk

Abstract

To investigate the male genetic legacy of the Arab rule in southern Europe during medieval times, we focused on specific Northwest African haplogroups and identified evolutionary close STR-defined haplotypes in Iberia, Sicily and the Italian peninsula. Our results point to a higher recent Northwest African contribution in Iberia and Sicily in agreement with historical data. southern Italian regions known to have experienced long-term Arab presence also show an enrichment of Northwest African types. The forensic and genomic implications of these findings are discussed.

PMID:
19156170
PMCID:
PMC2947089
DOI:
10.1038/ejhg.2008.258
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