Re: [tied] Re: Finding agriculture's 'genetic signature'

From: Jens Elmegaard Rasmussen
Message: 14289
Date: 2002-08-10

On Fri, 9 Aug 2002, richardwordingham wrote:

> My point (below) is that one would not expect an area with a very
> high proportion of Neolithic Y chromosomes compared to other areas to
> have a very low proportion of Neolithic mitochondria compared to
> other areas.

Forgive me for making a fool of myself again, but I think I'm beginning to
understand this, and it seems to me that my first reaction was the right
one. Correct me if I am wrong (well, surely no need to say *that*), but is
"a very high proportion of ... Y chromosomes" not what is left by *men*?
And is "a very low proportion of ... mitochondria" not what would reflect
a relative lack of *women*? If so, in my simple mind, this spells a
male-dominated invasion. And if there are twists and turns in the course
of the genetic picture, can't there simply have been the same in the
course of military history?