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NEW YORK – An ancient genome analysis centered on dozens of Neolithic and Bronze Age individuals from northern China suggests that regions linked to agriculture and crop domestication experienced corresponding influxes of new ancestry from other areas.

"Although the genetic changes in each region differ in timing and intensity, each shift is correlated with changes in subsistence strategy," first author Chao Ning, a researcher affiliated with Jilin University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH), said in a statement.

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