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In just over 1,000 years, Icelanders have gone through numerous changes in their gene pool, to the extent that Iceland’s first settlers, who came to the island from Norway and the British and Irish isles between the years 870 and 930, are much more similar to the inhabitants of their original home countries than to Iceland’s present-day inhabitants.
This is one of the main conclusions of a study carried out by an international team of scientists which included Carles Lalueza-Fox, principal investigator at IBE. For the first time, the researchers, whose results are published in the journal Science, analysed the ancient genomes of 25 individuals who lived in Iceland during the colonisation of the island.
S. Sunna Ebenesersdóttir, Marcela Sandoval-Velasco, Ellen D. Gunnarsdóttir, Anuradha Jagadeesan, Valdís B. Guðmundsdóttir Elísabet L. Thordardóttir, Margrét S. Einarsdóttir, Kristján H. S. Moore, Ásgeir Sigurðsson, Droplaug N. Magnúsdóttir, Hákon Jónsson, Steinunn Snorradóttir, Eivind Hovig, Pål Møller, Ingrid Kockum, Tomas Olsson, Lars Alfredsson, Thomas F. Hansen, Thomas Werge, Gianpiero L. Cavalleri, Edmund Gilbert, Carles Lalueza-Fox, Joe W.Walser III, Steinunn Kristjánsdóttir, Shyam Gopalakrishnan,3 Lilja Árnadóttir, Ólafur Þ. Magnússon, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Kári Stefánsson, Agnar Helgason. Ancient genomes from Iceland reveal the making of a human population. Science, 01 Jun 2018: Vol. 360, Issue 6392, pp. 1028-1032 DOI: 10.1126/science.aar2625
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