Basque Genetics

Basque roots revealed through DNA analysis

The Genographic Project announced today the most comprehensive analysis to date of Basque genetic patterns, showing that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago. Through detailed DNA analysis of samples from the French and Spanish Basque regions, the Genographic team found that Basques share unique genetic patterns that distinguish them from the surrounding non-Basque populations.

This is interesting in the light of the uniqueness of the Basque language. Some have argued that Basque may be related to certain American Indian languages, which though it might be a stretch, could make sense in the light of the Solutrean hypothesis of the peopling of America.

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