Vikings’ genetic diversity greater than present-day Scandinavia: study

An item from the Legion Magazine.

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Stephen J thorne


Vikings’ genetic diversity greater than present-day Scandinavia: study


Mention the word Vikings and one is likely to conjure images of blond-haired, blue-eyed brutes in beards sailing distinctive ships, wielding axes and shields.While the ships, axes and shields are a sure thing, and the beards are a pretty good bet—at least for the men—a new study has found that the adventurers and plunderers who settled in Newfoundland some 500 years before Columbus crossed the ocean were more genetically diverse than the myths would suggest.

In the largest genetic analysis of Viking remains ever conducted, palaeogeneticist Ricardo Rodrı́guez-Varelal and his colleagues at Stockholm University and the Stockholm-based Centre for Palaeogenetics analyzed Scandinavian burials going back 2,000 years.


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William Samuel Clouston Stanger was born on Jan. 23, 1897, in Winnipeg.

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