Notes on R-Z18 in Steppe Ancestry Pre-print

These are my notes from the pre-print Steppe Ancestry in western Eurasia and the spread of the Germanic Languages. It hasn’t been peer-reviewed. This is, at it’s heart, an autosomal study, but it does contain some Y-DNA information. They’re trying to identify population movements (along with language movements). They’re using ancient DNA to focus on …

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Elmer, Elmore, Ellmore, Aylmer Recruits Wanted

We’re also looking for Ellmers, Almers, Ailmers and other varieties we haven’t thought of. Are there Olmers? I’m sure I’m missing a bunch of ways to spell it. We Want YOU to test your Y DNA We’re trying to connect with our nearer and more distant relatives worldwide using Y DNA to jump the gaps …

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Puzzling on Y DNA and Relatedness

One of the things I haven’t been sure how to approach is the tangle of time, movement, location and relatedness presented in these genetic studies of ancient and modern people. As usual, conversations with my genetic cousins have helped me think about some of this complexity. If you’ve read any of my other Y DNA …

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Ancient Y DNA and Medieval Hungary Part 2

Continuing with “Whole genome analysis sheds light on the genetic origin of Huns, Avars and conquering Hungarians.” which seems to overlap with this article that I’ve also been referencing: “The genetic origin of Huns, Avars, and conquering Hungarians.” I’m posting these results as a context for the R-CTS12023/R-DF95 (see It’s My Carpathian Basin), R-Z18, R-U106 …

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It’s My Carpathian Basin?

Family Tree DNA has recently identified R-CTS12023/R-DF95 among the 6th and 7th century Avars in Hungary. Tiszapüspöki I18184 lived between 565 CE and 635 CE and was buried in Tiszapüspöki, Hungary. This study, “Ancient genomes reveal origin and rapid trans-Eurasian migration of 7th century Avar elites,” lists him as an early Avar. This is the description of …

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Wandering Thoughts on Ancient DNA

A fellow ZP121 person recently asked how many ZP121 men I thought might exist in the world. It’s a tricky question because there are about 57 men known now. Each might represent a family with tens or hundreds of living men. Y DNA testing is kind of a rich man’s game and a niche pursuit. …

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Navel-Gazing About the R-DF95 Jutes Part Two

In my previous post I swung back around to Dover, Kent, and the Jutes and tried to find evidence for their existence along with some explanation that would get them from the top of Jutland to the bottom of Brittain without seeming like they were lost. We established through myths and later writings of oral …

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It’s My Swamp – Anglo-Saxon DF95 Follow Up

I didn’t have to wait long to follow up on my previous post. The paper on The Anglo-Saxon migration and the formation of the early English gene pool is published along with supplementary data. The DF95/CTS12023 men in the samples were identified by the study itself. The work by citizen scientists has identified other SNPs …

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It’s My Swamp – DF95 in Anglo-Saxon England

Checking in on U106 I visited the U106 haplogroup tree and noticed something exciting in the Ancient DNA tab: The appearance of several R-CTS12023 (AKA R-DF95) samples…and one of them, to my complete shock, is a ZP121 (AKA Y15995) sample. Mind blown. We’re such a small group of men in Y DNA terms that I …

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Ethnicity Estimates and Goals

I recently watched what I thought was a really good piece from CBC Marketplace on Twins getting DNA tests in 2019. They test with several companies and get different ethnicity estimate results between the various companies and it appears that sometimes their results differ from each other within the same company. They also interview people …

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