A couple of weeks ago, there was an amusing Carl Zimmer article in the New York Times about how the extinction of indigenous male DNA lines in the Iberian peninsula after the arrival of the Yamnaya (a.k.a., Aryans) around 4,500 years ago couldn’t have had anything to do with wars or massacres or the lamentations of the womenfolk, but instead involved a “political process.” So nothing to notice here, folks. Migrations are all part of the great cycle of life. It’s really boring.
The Daily Mail, however, is going with a less tedious spin on the DNA findings:
Horse-riding Yamnaya tribe who used their huge height and muscular build to brutally murder and invade their way across Europe more than 4,000 years ago
Yamnaya people dominated Europe from between 5,000 and 4,000 years ago
They had nutritionally rich diets and were tall, muscular and skilled horse riders
It is believed they exploited a continent recovering from disease and death
They spread rapidly, adapting and massacring their way throughout Europe
Slaughtered Neolithic men in prehistoric genocide to ensure their DNA survived
They made their way to Britain and within a few generations there was no remains of the previous inhabitants who built Stonehenge in the genetic record
By JOE PINKSTONE FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 15:49 EDT, 29 March 2019 | UPDATED: 15:50 EDT, 29 March
A brutish tribe of people who lived in the Neolithic era more than 4,000 years ago is being touted as the most violent and aggressive society to ever live.
A growing body of evidence is convincing archaeologists that the Yamnaya society ruthlessly massacred opposing societies.
It is believed the primitive society capitalised on disease, warfare and famine and unceremoniously swept through Europe, destroying entire civilisations and leaving destruction in their wake. …
The Yumnaya took over and erased all genetic evidence of the land’s previous stewards.
This theory is backed up by David Reich at Harvard Medical School who is due to release a piece of research stating the Yumnaya orchestrated a systematic genocide of Neolithic men.
Original Bell Beaker people collided with the Yumnaya people 4,50 years ago and this provides some of the strongest evidence yet of their brutality.
Forty per cent of all males had a Y chromosome linked to Yumnaya, indicating after the cultures met, only Yumnaya men were procreating.
‘The collision of these two populations was not a friendly one, not an equal one, but one where the males from outside were displacing local males and did so almost completely,’ Reich told New Scientist Live in September.
‘It’s the only way to explain that no male Neolithic lines survived.’