Using a high-density regional sampling approach that drew upon some 3,700 specimens, researchers led by Walther Parson from Innsbruck Medical University report on the distribution of the Y-chromosomal haplogroup G2a in modern-day Tyrol, Austria, in Forensic Science International: Genetics.

Nearby Tyrol, Italy, was where 5,300-year-old Ötzi the Iceman was uncovered back in 1991.

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