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We characterized Apis mellifera in both native and introduced ranges using 1136 single-nucleotide polymorphisms genotyped in 341 individuals. Our results indicate that A. mellifera originated in Africa and expanded into Eurasia at least twice, resulting in populations in eastern and western Europe...

Whitfield, C. W.; Behura, S. K.; Berlocher, S. H.; Clark, A. G.; Johnston, J. S.; Sheppard, W. S.; Smith, D. R.; Suarez, A. V.; Weaver, D.; Tsutsui, N. D.
American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, USA
Science (Washington), 2006, 314, 5799, pp 642-645