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  • Iberian Brits

    One good thing about being of English and Scots-Irish descent and being nearly one quarter "Iberian" or "Basque" is that you know you had a lot of ancestors who were in Britain before anybody else. Apparently, the most abundant archaelogical evidence for a connection between Iberia and the British Isles dates back to the Beaker people, the Megalithic period, and such like - all pre-Celtic, at any rate. It is perhaps time for me to abandon my Viking and/or Roman auxiliary fantasies, and embrace my inner Stonehenge builder.

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    • This test also worked very well in showing that I am about a quarter Southeastern European which goes along very well with my paternal grandfather's Calabrese Southern Italian background.

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      • Thanks J Man. Yes, that quarter does match it.
        And it looks to me like your Iberian and Basque goes towards your half Scots-Irish heritage.
        I don't qualify for the Euro 2.0, but my DNATribes gave me lots of Iberian matches and I know that most of my ancestors came here from the British Isles too. So seeing your results convinces me even more that my DNATribes BGA matches to Iberian equals British Isles. And my DNATribes Europa top match is Portuguese. If I was adopted and didn't know all that I know and only knew my DNATribes results I would have taken up Portuguese by now, and maybe moved to Brazil.
        Last edited by rainbow; 23 April 2008, 01:51 PM.

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        • Originally posted by rainbow
          Thanks J Man. Yes, that quarter does match it.
          And it looks to me like your Iberian and Basque goes towards your half Scots-Irish heritage.
          I don't qualify for the Euro 2.0, but my DNATribes gave me lots of Iberian matches and I know that most of my ancestors came here from the British Isles too. So seeing your results convinces me even more that my DNATribes BGA matches to Iberian equals British Isles. And my DNATribes Europa top match is Portuguese. If I was adopted and didn't know all that I know and only knew my DNATribes results I would have taken up Portuguese by now, and maybe moved to Brazil.

          Yes form the way things look right now with autosomal testing I am inclined to agree with you Rainbow. It makes sense that Brits register with some Iberian ancestry given the current theories about the repopulation of Europe.

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          • I am wondering about where in Europe the Continental European type of ancestry originated? It is common among all people who are of Northern European descent it seems from Ireland all the way to Poland. Is it from the ancient Mesolithic or Paleolithic inhabitants of Northern Europe I wonder? That would make sense to me.

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            • Also I am wondering about where the Southeastern European ancestral group originated from? Personally I think the Near East or Anatolia originally and initially spread with Neolithic agriculturalists. This would make good sense to me.

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              • The groups that form the populations of EURO DNA 2.0 seem to correspond quite well with what is also known about European Y-haplogroups and mtDNA-haplogroups. There seems to be different clines that seperate the North of Europe from the Southeast and there are also east-west differences. Iberia forms it's own group as do the Basques. The other main cluster is found in Northeastern Europe and especially in Finland although some Finns have high Continental European scores as well.

                If anyone is interested here is a link to the paper that the test is based on:
                http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/art...?artid=1852743

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