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From: "Ken Wood" <>
Subject: Re: Most Brits Are Actually Spanish
Date: 23 Oct 2006 21:02:54 -0700
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D. Spencer Hines wrote:
> Deeeeeelightful!
> And:
> Hilarious!
> This should serve to put the Brits in their place and stop them from
> referring to the Spanish, as well as other Latin Peoples, as their
> inferiors.

What about all those Vikings and Normans (Vikings once removed)? Hows
'bout the Romans, and the occassional monkey rescued from a piece of


> But it won't...
> Because of Congenital & Engrained British Ignorance, Prejudice & Sloth.
> --------------------------------------------------------
> "A team from Oxford University has discovered that the Celts, Britain's
> indigenous people, are descended from a tribe of Iberian fishermen who
> crossed the Bay of Biscay 6,000 years ago. DNA analysis reveals they
> have an almost identical genetic "fingerprint" to the inhabitants of
> coastal regions of Spain, whose own ancestors migrated north between
> 4,000 and 5,000 BC.
> The discovery, by Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford
> University, will herald a change in scientific understanding of
> Britishness.
> People of Celtic ancestry were thought to have descended from tribes of
> central Europe. Professor Sykes, who is soon to publish the first DNA
> map of the British Isles, said: "About 6,000 years ago Iberians
> developed ocean-going boats that enabled them to push up the Channel.
> Before they arrived, there were some human inhabitants of Britain but
> only a few thousand in number. These people were later subsumed into a
> larger Celtic tribe... The majority of people in the British Isles are
> actually descended from the Spanish."
> Professor Sykes spent five years taking DNA samples from 10,000
> volunteers in Britain and Ireland, in an effort to produce a map of our
> genetic roots.
> Research on their "Y" chromosome, which subjects inherit from their
> fathers, revealed that all but a tiny percentage of the volunteers were
> originally descended from one of six clans who arrived in the UK in
> several waves of immigration prior to the Norman conquest.
> Deeeelightful! -- DSH
> The most common genetic fingerprint belongs to the Celtic clan, which
> Professor Sykes has called "Oisin". After that, the next most
> widespread originally belonged to tribes of Danish and Norse Vikings.
> Small numbers of today's Britons are also descended from north African,
> Middle Eastern and Roman clans.
> These DNA "fingerprints" have enabled Professor Sykes to create the
> first genetic maps of the British Isles, which are analysed in Blood of
> the Isles, a book published this week. The maps show that Celts are
> most dominant in areas of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. But, contrary to
> popular myth, the Celtic clan is also strongly represented elsewhere in
> the British Isles.
> "Although Celtic countries have previously thought of themselves as
> being genetically different from the English, this is emphatically not
> the case," Professor Sykes said.
> "This is significant, because the idea of a separate Celtic race is
> deeply ingrained in our political structure, and has historically been
> very divisive. Culturally, the view of a separate race holds water. But
> from a genetic point of view, Britain is emphatically not a divided
> nation."
> Although the Romans ruled from AD 43 until 410, they left a tiny
> genetic footprint. For the first 200 years occupying forces were
> forbidden from marrying locally.
> Don't tell the locals, but the hordes of British holidaymakers who
> visited Spain this summer were, in fact, returning to their ancestral
> home."

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