Ice Age Europeans had some serious drama going on, according to their genomes

Real Game-of-Thrones-type action, spanning tens of thousands of years, according to recent DNA research – Sarah Kaplan, The Washington Post

The entire drama of human history is encoded in our DNA.

Where we went. Who we slept with. How we died — or almost did. It’s basically a scientific soap opera, complete with occasional discoveries of long-lost cousins we never knew we had.

Take Ice Age Europe, for example. A new study of genetic material from the period reveals a continent roiling with change.

First, an upstart band of modern humans arrived, slowly pushing their ancient predecessors out of existence. But soon that new lineage was swept aside by a group of big game hunters. For the next 15,000 years, the older community lay in wait in a remote corner of the continent before bursting back onto the scene. The usurpers were overturned, and history barreled forward. And all of this happened against a backdrop of dramatic environmental change — waves of cold and heat that sent glaciers surging back and forth across the continent.

 

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