|Title||Working toward a synthesis of archaeological, linguistic, and genetic data for inferring African population history|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Scheinfeldt, LB, Soi, S, Tishkoff, SA|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences|
|Keywords||2010-08-16, africa, history, language, population structure, recent|
Although Africa is the origin of modern humans, the pattern and distribution of genetic variation and correlations with cultural and linguistic diversity in Africa have been understudied. Recent advances in genomic technology, however, have led to genomewide studies of African samples. In this article, we discuss genetic variation in African populations contextualized with what is known about archaeological and linguistic variation. What emerges from this review is the importance of using independent lines of evidence in the interpretation of genetic and genomic data in the reconstruction of past population histories.
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