This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Today, we’re going to make one of those exceptions we like so much.  We’re going to break our own rules and refer to a piece of news from a Basque medium, EITB-Basque Radio and Television.

And we’re doing so because this news item is just that good.  Our regular readers will already know that we love matters related to genetics, and this case will be no exception.  A study in with the University of the Basque Country (UPV) has participated has had some very interesting findings: that the Basques from the Baztán area of Navarre are direct descendents of the Basques that lived in our country 15,000 years ago.

But that’s not all.  The study also shows that 75% of the current inhabitants of Europe have as an ancestor a Basque riding horseback through the Pyrenees in the last ice age.  Or, to say it another way, our old people was the first to colonize Europe after the last ice age.

To this we’d like to add another reference, this time from Investigación y Ciencia, which is the Spanish edition of Scientific American, which, in January of 2003, published an article by Elisabeth Hamel, Theo Vannemann, and Peter Forster called “The Original Language of Prehistoric Europeans”, and which gave that title to Basque.  This linguistic article was accompanied by information from genetic studies that back up that claim.  This article is behind a paywall.

EITB – 20/2/2012 – Euskadi

À Baztan, des habitants descendent des Basques d’il y a 15.000 ans

Una vista del Valle del Baztan (Euskadi)

Les habitants de Baztan (Pays Basque sud, Navarre) se trouveraint parmi les populations les plus anciennes de l’Europe. De nombreux habitants descendent en ligne directe des Basques d’il y a 15.000 ans, selon le groupe de recherche BIOMICs de l’Université du Pays Basque, qui a analysé l’ADN mitochondrial, un ensemble de gènes que tout individu hérite uniquement de sa mère, de plus de 200 habitants de Baztan.

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ma.prehistoire.free.fr – 20/2/2012 – Francia

Les Européens viennent du Pays basque

En étudiant la répartition géographique de deux mutations observées au niveau de l’ADN mitochondrial, plusieurs équipes de généticiens ont supposé en 2001 que 75% des Européens seraient les descendants d’une population qui s’était réfugiée au Pays basque durant le dernier maximum glaciaire.

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Investigacion y Ciencia – 1/2003 – España

La lengua originaria de los europeos prehistóricos

En muchos topónimos y nombres de ríos europeos se agazapan palabras emparentadas con el vasco. Estos nombres se pusieron poco después de la última glaciación. Aun hoy todos los europeos están estrechamente emparentados con los vascos.
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