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From: Alan R <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] More L21 results
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:47:41 +0000 (GMT)
I must say it would take a really watertight argument to persuade me that L21 is not a trace of continent to British Isles migrations. It is exactly what we were waiting for, a marker between the more generic west European ones like S116 and the more ultra localised ones like M222. It seems to provide a potential origin in a plausible part of the continent in terms of the main post-Mesolithic flow of prehistoric cultures to the isles and also of course links the Celtic fringe with the old school Celtic core. What surprises me is that this final establishing of a connection between the fringe and core has not been heralded more. It refutes the idea that the Celtic fringe population is so different from the continental Celtic one peddled by the strange band of Celto-sceptic authors that have emerged in recent decades.
We need a far bigger sample to pick up its path between the cluster near south Germany and the British Is es (regardless of which direction you believe it moved in), surely the Rhine and rivers linking to the west and the English Channel. If no trail emerges then we must be dealing with a huge founder effect or some kink of niche leapfrog style enclave settlement
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