Basques are highly isolated
In your episode on isolated populations, just to clarify some things on the Basques: they are actually quite distinctive and isolated from neighbouring populations, even other Iberians. As shown in Haak et al (2015), they are mostly Mesolithic (Western Hunter-Gatherer) and EEF (Early European Farmer), with only a little bit of Yamna (Indo-European). They actually have a high amount of WHG, not found in other Iberians, far higher than in any other Mediterranean populations. Other studies have also shown Basques to have the oldest mtDNA markers in Europe, such as U8a and a high amount of U5b. Gunther (2015) has shown modern Basques are almost identical to a skeleton in Atapuerca from 5,000 ya, and have been isolated since that time.
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