> I remember reading that the Basque people have genetic markers
> unlike any other known group of H. Sapiens. Since they occupy a
I believe there is excellent correlation between linguistics and genetic
analysis, promoting mere linguistics to puissant palaeolinguistics status
(it may have been a SciAm article). Particularly the Basqs seem to be able
to having preserved their identity since the last glacial, as their
language shows strong similiarities to certain Central African dialects
(sorry, no refs, my neurons are dying busily).
> geograpic area that was a former Neanderthal stronghold maybe that
> fact deserves a second look.