Thursday, May 28, 2015
Genetic substructures among Armenians from Armenia and Lebanon
The Armenian samples from the recent Haber et al. manuscript on the genetic history of Armenia are now freely available at the Wellcome Trust Sanger website here.
I ran an analysis of 127 of these Armenians using my K8 model, after removing a couple of the individuals from Chambarak with obvious European admixture, as well as a few other problem samples. The results are shown below, along with maps of the sampling locations (courtesy of Wikipedia).
It seems that, at least based on this dataset, Armenians are a fairly homogenous bunch of people. The two groups from east of Lake Sevan show slightly higher levels of ANE than most of the rest, but this is in line with geography, because they're located a little closer to the Northeast Caucasus, where ANE peaks in West Eurasia at almost 30%.
By the way, those of you having trouble with the acronyms in this and other recent blog posts, you'll find a list of often used Eurogenes acronyms here.
The Near East ain't what it used to be