From: Mark Odegard
Message: 3096
Date: 2000-08-12

I seem to be missing something about Sardinian (the language). There is the modern Romance language, which I gather is the closest to Latin of all Romance languages. There was also the Phoenecian language spoken there in antiquity. Is there is an undeciphered script I'm unaware of?
As for the Sardinian genetic pool, well, this is an island, and islands, especially isolated islands, tend to be genetically homogeneous. It's the founder effect. The few people who get their first will reproduce, fill all the available space, and perpetuate their genetic group. Such groups do not take part in the genetic mixing you get on a mainland. I gather that the Sardinian gene pool is quite distant from the rest of the peoples surrounding it in Europe and Africa.