MEMBERS OF THE GROUP (Active in 2018)
Predoctoral Researchers Simone Andrea Biagini, Carla García Fernández, Marco Antinucci
HIGHLIGHTS OF 2018
In 2018, we discovered that the human population of Eivissa (but not Majorca or Minorca) is as much genetic outlier as Basques are. By comparing genomewide SNP array data of living Eivissans with ancient DNA of Phoenician necropolises in the island, we could rule out that the Phoenician settlement of Eivissa caused this genetic differentiation. Instead, long runs of homozygosity in islanders pointed to genetic drift and population bottlenecks as the cause of this genetic distinctness.
2018 SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
Zalloua P, Collins CJ, Gosling A, Biagini SA, Costa B, Kardailsky O, Nigro L, Khalil W, Calafell F, Matisoo-Smith E (2018) Ancient DNA of Phoenician remains indicates discontinuity in the settlement history of Ibiza. Scientific Reports 8:17567
Flores-Bello A, Mas-Ponte D, Rosu M, Bosch E, Calafell F, Comas D (2018) Sequence diversity of the Rh blood group system in Basques. European Journal of Human Genetics, 26(12):1859-1866.
Larmuseau MHD, Calafell F, Princen SA, Decorte R, Soen V. (2018) The black legend on the Spanish presence in the low countries: Verifying shared beliefs on genetic ancestry. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 166:219-227.
2018 FUNDED PROJECTS
Genómica de poblaciones y la historia demográfica de las poblaciones gitanas. Funded by the "Agencia Estatal de Investigación", Spanish government, 2017-2019, ref. CGL2016-75389-P, co-led with David Comas. 292,820€
Maximum likelihood tree of whole Y chromosome sequences in Romani samples (coloured by migrant group) and source and host populations.