Re: [boatdesign] Goat boats
- I have been watching the shows on the DNA testing. It is fascinating stuff and will surely be a massive help in tracking the movement of people, many of whom used boats to get there.
----- Original Message -----
From: Tord Eriksson
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2005 3:28 AM
Subject: Re: [boatdesign] Goat boats
So when DNA typing made it possible to check their genes against
the purest Viking blood available today, that of Icelanders, everyone
rushed to the doctors to have their blood tested.
BBC/Discovery made a very nice TV program about it, by the way.
And the result was 100% negative - the blood of the British
is not at all Viking, which surprised even the researchers. Evidently,
the Viking settlers (about which there is no doubt had settled
in various areas in the British Isles) didn't settle in the Scottish
isles, or didn't interbreed, or were all killed, siblings, too, thus died out
without leaving a trace of any kind, while the Normans and Romans left
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- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "nutty_boats" <nutty_boats@y...>
> I just realized what is wrong with this picture: they compared it
> DNA from Iceland.that
> First problem: many years ago I read a study that showed that the
> blood types more closely resembled Ireland than Scandinavia
> Second, a few hints in the sagas and Icelandic folklore indicate
> Irish were the first to inhabit Iceland.Jämmtland or
> Third, there were close trade and communication between Iceland and
> Viking Ireland.
> Adding these all together, you are more likely to get a DNA sample
> that more closely matches Viking DNA in Härjedahlen,
> Norland than in Iceland.If the blood type testing were done with mitochondrial DNA, which is
> T. Lee.
inherited only from female ancestors, it could be that the early
Icelandic women were nearly all from the earlier Irish settlers who
were spared when the Viking raiders killed off the men, or Irish
women who had either married or been enslaved by Viking raiders in
Ireland. It would be interesting to see if y-DNA testing pointed to
Nordic male ancestors.