November 19, 2010

American genes

Recent DNA evidence of an Icelandic family seem to validate the theory that the First Americans reached Europe five centuries before Columbus voyages

Norse sagas suggest the Vikings discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus and the latest data seems to support the hypothesis that they may have brought American Indians back with them to northern Europe.

Research indicates that a woman from the North American continent probably arrived in Iceland some time around 1000AD leaving behind genes that are reflected in about 80 Icelanders today.

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The genetic research, made public by Spain's Centre for Scientific Research, was due to be published in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Posted by Jill Fallon at November 19, 2010 10:17 AM | Permalink