I’m still trying to wrap my mind around this story about how the early farmers of Europe made little genetic impact on modern populations of humans in Europe. There’s an AP article as well, that i mirrored here. So 6 of 24 skeletons had genetic material marking them as part of the N1a lineage. Based on this, it’s estimated that anywhere from 8 to 42% of the population carried this haplogroup. It’s supposed to be extremely rare in Western Europeans in modern times.
So who does carry the N1a haplogroup? The quickest reference i found was from this Wikipedia Talk entry:
The N1a haplogroup was not observed among the native American, east Asian, Siberian, Central Asian, and western European populations. The geographic distribution of haplogroup N1a is restricted to regions neighboring the Eurasian steppe zone. Its frequency is very low, less than 1.5% (Table 6), in the populations located in the western and southwestern areas of the Eurasian steppe. Haplogroup N1a is, however, more frequent in the populations of the southeastern region of the Eurasian steppe, as in Iran (but only 12 individuals were studied) and southeastern India (Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh territories). More precisely, in India haplogroup N1a is absent from the Dravidic-speaking population and is present in only five Indo-Aryan-speaking individuals, four of whom belonged to the Havik group, an upper Brahman caste (Mountain et al. 1995).
I’ve tried to track down the original paper, but all i find are citations of it. Curiously, one of the papers that cites it is Genetic Analysis of a Scytho-Siberian Skeleton and Its Implications for Ancient Central Asian Migrations. The skeletons of the European genetics study are 7,500 years old. The Scytho-Siberian skeleton is only 2,500 years old. There’s no connection there. I’m just trying to imagine who the people that carry the N1a were connected to.