Please beware that comments are aggressively moderated.Uncivil or churlish comments will likely get you banned immediately, so make any contribution count!But it is also possible that the preponderant aspect of Sardinian ancestry derives from the first farmers to settle the Western Mediterranean.I say this because the Iceman carried the G2a Y haplogroup, which has of late been strongly associated with very early Neolithic populations in Western Europe.I suspect the answer is that they came from the north, and therefore brought northern genes. I believe that the “islanders” of the Mediterranean are a relatively “pristine” snapshot of a particular moment in the history of the region.
And sure enough, Sardinians are especially similar to each other in relation to other European populations.(we know that he was indigenous because of the ratio of isotopes in his body) A more abstruse issue is that it is interesting that Sardinians have remained moored to their genetic past, enough so that a 5,300 year old individual clearly can exhibit affinities with them. Cavalli-Sforza’s The History and Geography of Human Genes, 20 years ago.The distinctiveness of Sardinians jumps out at you when you analyze genetic data sets. One reason that Sardinians may be distinctive is that Sardinia is an isolated island.Feastday: December 3 Patron of Catholic missions; African missions; Goa, India; China; missionaries Birth: 1506 Death: 1552 Beatified By: Oct.25, 1619 by Pope Paul V Canonized By: March 12, 1622 by Pope Gregory XV St.