DNA of medieval skeletons in Germany sheds light on origins of Ashkenazi Jews
Rare Opportunity to Analyze Genomes of 14th Century Jews Shows There Were Once Two Distinct Populations of Ashkenazis. Also: The ‘Ashkenazi Population Bottleneck’ Wasn’t an Episode, It Lasted for 500 Years
Largest study of ancient DNA shows medieval Ashkenazi Jewry was surprisingly diverse
Scientists find that some 700 years ago, the Jews of Erfurt, Germany, formed 2 groups; rabbinic consultants stipulated that they study only loose teeth from pre-excavated skeletons
Ancient DNA from the teeth of 14th-century Ashkenazi Jews in Germany already included genetic variations common in modern Jews
A German town needed to relocate a medieval graveyard to build a parking garage. A positive side effect: Scientists got to sequence the DNA of Ashkenazi Jews who lived more than 600 years ago.