Gene Study Sheds New Light On Origins of British Men

New genetic evidence reveals that most British men are not descended from immigrant farmers who migrated east 5,000-10,000 years ago — contrary to previous research.

Instead, scientists from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh say that most European men can trace their lineage to people — most likely hunter-gatherers — who had settled in Europe long before that time.

The latest study, based on the most common genetic lineage in European males, aims to correct an analysis of genetic data, published last year. It had reported that most British men came from people who migrated west, with the spread of agriculture, from the Near East.

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Changing of the Guards ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, UK. (Credit: iStockphoto/Birute Vijeikiene)

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