Professor Clive Finlayson remarked “This is a really important study which has seen the first publication of ancient DNA from humans who lived in Gibraltar and which has provided the opportunity to compare ancient Iberian genomic information to historical records. The most impactful finding is the suggestion that the (Male) Y-Chromosome in Iberia was essentially completely replaced between 4,000 and 4,500 years ago by an influx from central Europe and the Russian Steppe during the Bronze Age. This throws up completely new insights which will have a significant impact on our understanding of our ancestral roots”.
Sitting from left to right: Francisco Giles-Guzmán, Geraldine Finlayson, Minister John Cortes, Clive Finlayson and Stewart Finlayson.
Article: The genomic history of the Iberian Peninsula over the past 8000 years by Olalde, S. Mallick, N. Patterson… C. Finlayson, G. Finlayson, S. Finlayson, F. Giles-Guzmán et al in Science.