|Sorginetxoa dolmen (Baztan) (source)|
Sadly enough the paper does not seem to be available anywhere yet but it was announced on Thursday to the press that a new study by the BIOMICs department of the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), the same who delivered the recent research on the genetics of the Basque diaspora, claims to have found that modern Baztanese (and by extension modern Basques) are direct descendants of the people living there 6000 years ago (and maybe even earlier).
From what has been published in the media, the conclusions appear to be an exercise of molecular-clock speculation but it’s also possible that rare lineages have been detected or that the authors are linking the results of their research with aDNA extracted elsewhere.
In any case I must remain cautious until the study is effectively published. This is just a heads up for whatever it may come.
Sources (all in Spanish):
Thanks to Neandertalerin for the mention.