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They arrived in the Stone Age and transformed Europe's population. A genetic study reveals that many Europeans are descended from people who moved out of the Iberian peninsula – present-day Spain and Portugal – in a massive wave of migration that began around 6000 years ago.
Modern hunter-gatherers arrived in Europe around 45,000 years ago, followed much later by the first farmers, who arrived from the Middle East 10,000 years ago. Over the next few millennia, society changed rapidly as hunter-gatherers declined, replaced by farmers who developed powerful chiefdoms and technologies for working with metal.
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