Ancient Jomon genome sequence analysis sheds light on migration patterns of early East Asian populations

Takashi Gakuhari, Shigeki Nakagome, Simon Rasmussen, Morten E. Allentoft, Takehiro Sato, Thorfinn Korneliussen, Blánaid Ní Chuinneagáin, Hiromi Matsumae, Kae Koganebuchi, Ryan Schmidt, Souichiro Mizushima, Osamu Kondo, Nobuo Shigehara, Minoru Yoneda, Ryosuke Kimura, Hajime Ishida, Tadayuki Masuyama, Yasuhiro Yamada, Atsushi Tajima, Hiroki ShibataAtsushi Toyoda, Toshiyuki Tsurumoto, Tetsuaki Wakebe, Hiromi Shitara, Tsunehiko Hanihara, Eske Willerslev, Martin Sikora, Hiroki Oota

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    Anatomically modern humans reached East Asia more than 40,000 years ago. However, key questions still remain unanswered with regard to the route(s) and the number of wave(s) in the dispersal into East Eurasia. Ancient genomes at the edge of the region may elucidate a more detailed picture of the peopling of East Eurasia. Here, we analyze the whole-genome sequence of a 2,500-year-old individual (IK002) from the main-island of Japan that is characterized with a typical Jomon culture. The phylogenetic analyses support multiple waves of migration, with IK002 forming a basal lineage to the East and Northeast Asian genomes examined, likely representing some of the earliest-wave migrants who went north from Southeast Asia to East Asia. Furthermore, IK002 shows strong genetic affinity with the indigenous Taiwan aborigines, which may support a coastal route of the Jomon-ancestry migration. This study highlights the power of ancient genomics to provide new insights into the complex history of human migration into East Eurasia.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number437
    JournalCommunications Biology
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2020

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Medicine (miscellaneous)
    • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
    • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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