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Panmixia postponed: ancestry-related assortative mating in contemporary human populations

Andrew S Burrell and Todd R Disotell*

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Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University, 25 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003, USA

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Genome Biology 2009, 10:245  doi:10.1186/gb-2009-10-11-245

Published: 27 November 2009


A study of two different populations reveals that in both the choice of a spouse is non-random not only in respect of broad ethnic group but also in regard to specific ancestries within that group. The cause of this surprising bias remains unclear.