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From: "Peter A. Kincaid" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Orkney Vole and Irish Pygmy Shrew in Neolithic shipping.
Date: Wed, 23 Aug 2006 13:42:15 -0300
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From: "brian quinn" <>
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Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 12:17 AM
Subject: [DNA] Orkney Vole and Irish Pygmy Shrew in Neolithic shipping.


>
> Well mob that went to Orkneys Northern Ireland and Scotland may have been
> the crew that took the Orkney Vole to the Orkneys. Latest idea seems to be
> Iberian origin of the unusual and isolated Orkney Vole. However it has to
> have been taken there by boat during the Neolithic, maybe 3000 bce.
> Perhaps
> as sailor's food like the Polynesian Rat. This at a time when Megalith
> building happening there and in Boyne Valley.


The Orkney vole has been an enigma for quite a number of
years and before DNA a Franco/Iberian origin was suggested.
I agree that this is worthy evidence. One can't help but think
there is some kind of ancient trade angle here.

Best wishes!

Peter


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