The population history of the Croatian linguistic minority of Molise (southern Italy): a maternal view

Babalini, Carla and Martínez-Labarga, Cristina and Tolk, Helle-Viivi and Kivisild, Toomas and Giampaolo, Rita and Tarsi, Tiziana and Contini, Irene and Barać, Lovorka and Janićijević, Branka and Martinović Klarić, Irena and Peričić, Marijana and Sujoldžić, Anita and Villems, Richard and Biondi, Gianfranco and Rudan, Pavao and Rickards, Olga (2005) The population history of the Croatian linguistic minority of Molise (southern Italy): a maternal view. European journal of human Genetics, 13. pp. 901-912. ISSN 1018-4813 (Print), 1476-5438 (Online)

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This study examines the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) diversity of the Croatian-speaking minority of Molise and evaluates its potential genetic relatedness to the neighbouring Italian groups and the Croatian parental population. Intermatch, genetic distance, and admixture analyses highlighted the genetic similarity between the Croatians of Molise and the neighbouring Italian populations and demonstrated that the Croatian-Italian ethnic minority presents features lying between Croatians and Italians. This finding was confirmed by a phylogeographic approach which revealed both the prevalence of Croatian and the penetrance of Italian maternal lineages in the Croatian community of Molise. These results suggest that there was no reproductive isolation between the two geographically proximate, yet culturally distinct populations living in Italy. The gene flow between the Croatian-Italians and the surrounding Italian populations indicate, therefore, that ethnic consciousness has not created reproductive barriers and that the Croatian-speaking minority of Molise does not represent a reproductively isolated entity.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Language: English. - For full text click 'Official URL'.
Uncontrolled Keywords: mtDNA, haplogroups, Croatian-Italians, Croatians, Italians
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Depositing User: Karolina
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2017 18:08
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 18:08

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