Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Neolithic Male Farmers Sexier than the Hunters

It seems that 85% of men in Ireland carry ancient Neolithic farmer genes from the East.  The conclusion seems to be that these farmers moving west across Europe had sexier men.  Here are the details from an article in Scientific American

"In total, this means that more than 80 percent of European Y chromosomes descend from incoming farmers," geneticist Patricia Balaresque, also of the University of Leicester and lead study author, said in a prepared statement. "In contrast, most maternal genetic lineages seem to descend from hunter-gatherers."

How could these early European ancestors come from such different groups? "To us, this suggests a reproductive advantage for farming males over indigenous hunter-gatherer males during the switch from hunting and gathering to farming," Balaresque said. "Maybe, back then, it was just sexier to be a farmer." ...(Cont.)...