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What country has the most diverse DNA?
Uganda has by far the highest ethnic diversity rating, according to the data, followed by Liberia.
What is the most genetically diverse continent?
Africa, the most genetically diverse continent, is where modern humans, Homo sapiens, originated. Populations on other continents are descended from groups that migrated out of Africa many tens of thousands of years ago.
However, previous studies suggested that Europeans and Africans share only between 1 and 3 percent of their genomes, making this scenario unlikely. These studies looked at populations from sub-Saharan Africa but excluded North African populations.
Why does Africa have so much genetic diversity?
Africa is an important region to study human genetic diversity because of its complex population history and the dramatic variation in climate, diet, and exposure to infectious disease, which result in high levels of genetic and phenotypic variation in African populations.
A recent genetic study published in the “European Journal of Human Genetics” in Nature (2019) showed that West Asians (Arabs) are closely related to Europeans and Northern Africans as well as to Southwest Asians.
What are the most genetically diverse countries in Europe?
Austria and Germany despite both being German speaking, have quite different Y-DNA groups. However, Austria and Hungary look remarkably similar. The Balkans is probably the most genetically diverse region in Europe. Iceland only has significant numbers of people from 4 different haplogroups.
A recent genetic study published in the “European Journal of Human Genetics” in Nature (2019) showed that modern Europeans are closely related to Northern Africans and West Asians as well as to Southwest Asians. These mentioned groups can be clearly distinguished from most populations in East Asia or Western Africa and Africans south of the Sahara.
When did genetic research into the history of Europe begin?
Research into the genetic history of Europe became possible in the second half of the 20th century, but did not yield results with high resolution before the 1990s. In the 1990s, preliminary results became possible, but they remained mostly limited to studies of mitochondrial and Y-chromosomal lineages.
From around 37,000 years ago, all ancient Europeans began to share some ancestry with modern Europeans. This founding population is represented by GoyetQ116-1, a 35,000 year old specimen from Belgium. This lineage disappears from the record and is not found again until 19,000 BP in Spain at El Mirón, which shows strong affinities to GoyetQ116-1.