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Snails reveal ancient human migration
« on: June 20, 2013, 12:10:31 PM »
Snail Trail Reveals Ancient Human Migration
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/20 ... 084633.htm

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Dr Angus Davison, Reader in Evolutionary Genetics at the University, and PhD student Adele Grindon, found that snails in Ireland and the Pyrenees are genetically almost identical, despite being thousands of miles apart. And -- as snails aren't renowned for their speed -- the simplest explanation is that snails hitched a ride with human migrants approximately 8,000 years ago.

Dr Davison said: "There is a very clear pattern, which is difficult to explain except by involving humans. If the snails naturally colonised Ireland, you would expect to find some of the same genetic type in other areas of Europe, especially Britain. We just don't find them.

"There are records of Mesolithic or Stone Age humans eating snails in the Pyrenees, and perhaps even farming them. The highways of the past were rivers and the ocean -- as the river that flanks the Pyrenees was an ancient trade route to the Atlantic, what we're actually seeing might be the long lasting legacy of snails that hitched a ride, accidentally or perhaps as food, as humans travelled from the South of France to Ireland 8,000 years ago.

Huh. Of all things...snails. Very neat.
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Offline Solitary

Re: Snails reveal ancient human migration
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2013, 12:45:52 PM »
Thanks for the info!  :)  Solitary
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Offline FrankDK

Re: Snails reveal ancient human migration
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 12:59:43 PM »
Was there a trail of garlic butter?

Frank

Re: Snails reveal ancient human migration
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 01:08:50 PM »
I found some more basic information on theoretical human migration routes. I love visual aides!

THE HUMAN JOURNEY: MIGRATION ROUTES (maps)
https://genographic.nationalgeographic. ... n-journey/

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