Moors and Saracens in Europe: Estimating the medieval North African male legacy in southern Europe

Cristian Capelli, Valerio Onofri, Francesca Brisighelli, Ilaria Boschi, Francesca Scarnicci, Mara Masullo, Gianmarco Ferri, Sergio Tofanelli, Adriano Tagliabracci, Leonor Gusmao, Antonio Amorim, Francesco Gatto, Mirna Kirin, Davide Merlitti, Maria Brion, Alejandro Blanco Verea, Valentino Romano, Francesco Cali, Vincenzo Pascali

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Abstract

To investigate the male genetic legacy of the Arab rule in southern Europe during medieval times, we focused on specific Northwest African haplogroups and identified evolutionary close STR-defined haplotypes in Iberia, Sicily and the Italian peninsula. Our results point to a higher recent Northwest African contribution in Iberia and Sicily in agreement with historical data. southern Italian regions known to have experienced long-term Arab presence also show an enrichment of Northwest African types. The forensic and genomic implications of these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)848-852
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Human Genetics
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Genetics

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    Capelli, C., Onofri, V., Brisighelli, F., Boschi, I., Scarnicci, F., Masullo, M., Ferri, G., Tofanelli, S., Tagliabracci, A., Gusmao, L., Amorim, A., Gatto, F., Kirin, M., Merlitti, D., Brion, M., Verea, A. B., Romano, V., Cali, F., & Pascali, V. (2009). Moors and Saracens in Europe: Estimating the medieval North African male legacy in southern Europe. European Journal of Human Genetics, 17(6), 848-852. https://doi.org/10.1038/ejhg.2008.258