Similar distributions of Dupuytren's contracture and Y-Chromosome Haplogroup I among modern Europeans suggest simultaneous spreading of these traits some 40 to 10 Kya

Sven Kurbel, Zdenko Samaržija



A proposition is made that when two independent traits show similar regional patterns of incidence among modern European regions, a plausible expectation is that these two, otherwise unrelated traits, have simultaneously been spread by migration of our ancestors. As a potential example for the proposed concept, distribution of patients with Dupuytren's contracture is here compared with the reported European distribution of Y-Chromosome Haplogroup I, a genetic marker linked to the last glaciation period.


Ice Age, trait spreading, early Europeans, Dupuytren's contracture, Y-chromosome Haplogroup I

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