Agriculture probably initially expanded because farmers pressed north through the continent, not because hunter-gatherers adopted the practice on their own, Scandinavian scientists say.In other words, Europe was populated by native hunter-gatherers. These hunter-gatherers were then pushed off their lands by ethnically-distinct invading farmers.
Analyzing DNA from four ancient skeletons and comparing it with thousands of genetic samples from living humans, a group of Scandinavian scientists reported that agriculture initially spread through Europe because farmers expanded their territory northward, not because the more primitive foragers already living there adopted it on their own.
Is it time for the Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy, and the rest of descendants of invading farmers to admit that they are illegally occupying land that their ancestors stole from the native populations?
PREVIOUSLY on the murky concept of displaced native peoples:
•Smithsonian: Indians arriving from Asia may have stolen America from previously settled Europeans