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Phoenician Genetics

November 1, 2008

While there has been much debate over the last month concerning Anson Rainey and the Phoenician language (see a good summary by Duane Smith), the New York Times has an article on their genetics:

The Phoenicians, enigmatic people from the eastern shores of the Mediterranean, stamped their mark on maritime history, and now research has revealed that they also left a lasting genetic imprint.

Scientists reported Thursday that as many as 1 in 17 men living today on the coasts of North Africa and southern Europe may have a Phoenician direct male-line ancestor.

Read more here.

(HT: David Wright)

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