Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Basque

Ethonym for people of the Pyrenees region of France and Spain, distinct from other European populations, based on a high frequency of the Rh allele and distinctive language. L. L. Cavalli-Sforza has suggested that the Basque-speaking people are the descendants of the original AMHs (i.e. Cro-Magnon) to occupy Europe.

See Rhesus blood group.

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