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Volume 519 Issue 7543, 19 March 2015

Genetic data have been used widely to inform our understanding of population history and migrations. Now with the advent of genome-wide analysis of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data cataloguing variation between individuals at a single position in the genome sequence fine-scale genetic variation between human populations can be used as a signature of historical demographic events. Peter Donnelly and colleagues use such data from a selected geographically diverse sample of more than 2,000 individuals from the United Kingdom to reveal remarkable concordance between genetic clusters and geography. The results throw new light on several aspects of the peopling of Britain. For instance the genetic contribution to southeastern England from Anglo-Saxon migrations is under half, suggesting significant pre-Roman but post-Mesolithic population movement from the European continent. The data also reveal that non-Saxon regions contain genetically differentiated subgroups rather than a general Celtic population. Cover illustration: Jasiek Krzysztofiak/ Nature

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