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First Ancient Irish Human Genomes Sequenced

The First Ancient Irish human genomes have been sequenced Stonepages reported this month.

Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s University Belfast have sequenced the first genomes from ancient Irish humans – an early farmer woman who lived near Belfast some 5,200 years ago, and those of three men from around 4,000 years ago in the Bronze Age.
Ireland has intriguing genetics. It lies at the edge of many European genetic gradients, however the origins of this heritage are unknown.

Opinion has been divided on whether the great transitions in the British Isles – from a hunter-gatherer lifestyle to one based on agriculture and later from stone to metal use – were due to local adoption of new ways, or derived from influxes of new people.  

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Scottish warlord may have helped save Welsh on the Llyn Peninsula from Irish invaders

Scientists may have discovered a link between the Picts and North Wales

Scientists may have discovered a link between the Picts and North Wales

New evidence shows a Scottish warlord may have helped save Welsh on the Llyn Peninsula from Irish invaders. If you missed it at the end of last year (2015), S4C broadcast a new TV series, called DNA Cymru which shows the results of new research into Welsh and Scottish DNA. The research was carried out as part of ScotlandsDNA – a project tracing the ancestry of the Scottish people – and the forerunner of a similar project now tracing the ancestry of the Welsh – CymruDNAWales.

The fresh scientific research has given added support to the theory mentioned in the Historia Brittonum in which a 9th century chronicler and monk, Nennius, in Wales, described a rescue.

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