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From: "Chris Phillips" <>
Subject: Research on English and Welsh paternal DNA
Date: Mon, 1 Jul 2002 20:09:38 +0100


I'm not sure how many people will see this, with the current gatewaying
problems, but this piece of research is being quite widely reported by the
British media:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk/wales/newsid_2076000/2076470.stm
Here's an alternative version:
http://www.channel4.com/news/cgi-bin/search.cgi?link=http://www.channel4.com
/news/home/20020701/Story05.htm

A comparison of DNA from Y chromosomes from England, Wales, Norway and
Friesland showed a marked difference between the English and Welsh samples,
with the English being similar to the Frisian. This is interpreted as
evidence that the British were driven out or wiped out by the Anglo-Saxon
invasions of the 5th century.

The samples came from men whose paternal grandfathers lived in 7 market
towns allegedly mentioned in the Domesday Book: "North Walsham, Fakenham,
Bourne, Suthell, Ashbourne, Abergele and LLangefni" [but Llangefni is in
Anglesey!], which run in a line from East Anglia to North Wales.

It would be interesting to see the same comparison based on mitochondrial
DNA, to show descent in the maternal line.

Chris Phillips


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