Alberto Piazza

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For the 16th-century Italian painter, see Albertino Piazza.

Alberto Piazza (born 1941) is an Italian human geneticist, Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Turin.

In 2007 Piazza and colleagues studied the Y chromosome of men in areas of Tuscany where Etruscans had concentrated: his team found they were more closely genetically related to men from Turkey than to other regions of Italy, suggesting that the ancient Greek historian Herotodus may have been correct to claim that Etruscans came from Lydia.[1]


  • (with Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza and Paolo Menozzi) The history and geography of human genes, Princeton University Press, 1994.


  1. ^ Thomas H. Maugh II, Genetic tests: Italians were from Turkey, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2007

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