Updated February 1, 2017
AGE: 30,000 YEARS AGO
LOCATION OF ORIGIN: CENTRAL ASIA
This is a soccer stadium in Perm, a modern-day city in the Russian Urals. Reminiscent of old Archbold Stadium at Syracuse U.
M207 was born in Central Asia around 30,000 years ago. His descendants would go on to settle in Europe, South Asia and the Middle East over the following 20,000 years. Today, most western European men belong to one branch—R-M342—that descended from this lineage. While it appears to have been one of the earliest lineages to settle in Europe more than 25,000 years ago, more recent population expansions associated with the post-glacial repopulation of northern Europe after the end of the last ice age, as well as the spread of agriculture during the Neolithic, also contributed to its high frequency in Ireland, the UK, France and Spain.
One descendant lineage—R-L62—is common in Eastern Europe and India, and was likely spread in part through the migration of Indo-European steppe nomads over the past 5,000 years. Mountains like the Tien Shan formed impassible barriers that helped shape genetic patterns in Asia. Two major descendant branches today account for most European men and many others from Central Asia, West Asia, and South Asia.
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