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P. Z. Revesz, A computational model for the spread of ancient human populations based on mitochodrial DNA samples, In: Mathematical Models and Computational Methods (joint proceedings of AMCSE-MMMAS-EAS)}, Imre J. Rudas, editor, INASE Press, pp. 21--25, October 2015.




The extraction of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from ancient human population samples provides important data for the reconstruction of population influences, spread and evolution from the Neolithic to the present. This paper presents a mtDNA-based similarity measure between pairs of human populations and a computational model for the evolution of human populations. In a computational experiment, the paper studies the mtDNA information from five Neolithic and Bronze Age populations, namely the Andronovo, the Bell Beaker, the Minoan, the Rössen and the Únětice populations. In the past these populations were identified as separate cultural groups based on geographic location, age and the use of, decoration or shape of cultural artifacts.