Mitochondrial DNA Study Reveals Origins of Minoan Civilization

The study highlights the high affinity of the Minoans to the current inhabitants of the Lassithi plateau of Crete as well as Greece. This image shows Minoan Palace of Knossos (Bernard Gagnon / CC BY-SA 3.0)

From the sci-news.com website:
A new study reported in the journal Nature Communications indicates that the Minoans, who 5,000 years ago established the first advanced Bronze Age civilization in present-day Crete, probably were descendents of the first Neolithic humans to reach the island around 7,000 BC and that they have the greatest genetic similarity with modern European populations.

http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/article01078-dna-minoan-civilization-crete.html

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