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July 23, 2005

Stiff upper lick genetic, study says

It turns out Adrian Targett is not alone in belonging to a family that has not moved around much. Despite invasions, occupations and migrations by Celts, Saxons, Romans, Vikings, Normans and the rest Oxford archaeologist, David Miles says British genes are much the same as they have been since the last Ice Age.

"There's been a lot of arguing over the last ten years, but it's now more or less agreed that about 80 percent of Britons' genes come from hunter-gatherers who came in immediately after the Ice Age," Miles said.

These nomadic tribespeople followed herds of reindeer and wild horses northward to Britain as the climate warmed. "Numbers were probably quite small—just a few thousand people," Miles added.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at July 23, 2005 09:54 AM

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