Former postdoc and current Sessional Lecturer Paul Duffy is one of the authors of “Population genomics of Bronze Age Eurasia”, an article appearing in the June 11 edition of Nature (522: 167-172; doi:10.1038/nature14507.) The article demonstrates how the Bronze Age was a highly dynamic period involving large-scale population migrations and replacements, responsible for shaping major parts of present-day demographic structure in both Europe and Asia. This research is one of the largest DNA studies of ancient humans to date, and points to the arrival of lactose intolerance and spread of Indo-European languages.
Read more in the U of T News article by Sean Bettam at http://news.utoronto.ca/todays-europe-result-massive-bronze-age-migration-asia
Or check out the New York Times piece by Carl Zimmer at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/16/science/dna-deciphers-roots-of-modern-europeans.html?_r=0
The full text of the Nature article can be read at http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v522/n7555/full/nature14507.html
Learn more about Paul Duffy’s research on his website at http://paulrduffy.com/