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September 20, 2004

Dye hard

Razib mentioned that Spencer Wells had a National Geographic documentary about the Phoenicians coming out. Mirabilis.ca gives us a little preview.

[National Geographic emerging explorer Spencer Wells and Pierre Zalloua of the American University of Beirut] collected blood samples from men living in the Middle East, North Africa, southern Spain, and Malta, places the Phoenicians are known to have settled and traded. Starting with between 500 and 1,000 well-typed samples, they began looking at the Y chromosome, the piece of DNA that traces a purely male line of descent.
On its own site, National Geographic has an excerpt from their print article on the project.

Posted by jeet at 03:52 AM