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All Europeans are Belgians, according to a recent study

New study suggests that all Europeans descent from Belgium. This is the conclusion reached by the researchers after they analyzed ancient DNA (genome).

The first humans entered Europe approximately 45,000 years ago, eliminating the Neanderthals. As the genome technique revealed, all populations that lived 37,000 years ago seem to have come from a region that is today called Belgium.

These “original people” were in time displaced by successive migratory waves, triggered by climate change. Their displacement meant they, in turn, migrated across Europe. The study traces their common origin, hence one could say that all Europeans have a Belgian ancestor, New Europe reports.


For this study, which is the biggest of its kind, were used 51 samples of European moderns humans aged 45,000 to 7,000 years old from across Europe.

The research, published by Nature, suggests there are three major European migrations towards the end of the Ice Age across Europe, and the change of climate correlates with major migrations. The last ice age peaked 35,000 and 19,000 years ago, coming to an end 12,000 years ago.

From Spain to northern Europe (19,000 years ago) was the first migration. The second migratory waves from Turkey and Greece to Northern Europe occurred 14,000 years ago, and the third wave was from Greece and Turkey (5,000 ago). Each wave displaced previous generations of Europe’s first humans.


Madeline Gorthon