The Etruscan timeline: a recent Anatolian connection

Francesca Brisighelli, Cristian Capelli, Vanesa Álvarez-Iglesias, Valerio Onofri, Giorgio Paoli, Sergio Tofanelli, Ángel Carracedo, Vincenzo Lorenzo Pascali, Antonio Salas

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The origin of the Etruscans (the present day Tuscany, Italy), one of the most enigmatic non-Indo-European civilizations, is under intense controversy. We found novel genetic evidences on the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) establishing a genetic link between Anatolia and the ancient Etruria. By way of complete mtDNA genome sequencing of a novel autochthonous Tuscan branch of haplogroup U7 (namely U7a2a), we have estimated an historical time frame for the arrival of Anatolian lineages to Tuscany ranging from 1.1+/-0.1 to 2.3+/-0.4 kya B.P.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)693-696
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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