Apr 27, 2023

New Genotype Tests Reveal Most Brits Have Neanderthal DNA and All of Them Are Immigrants

Hmmm, your ancestry might be a bit different from what you thought it was. 

If you have ever felt you don’t quite fit into modern society, that could be the ‘caveman’ in you. Every one of us has inherited DNA that stretches back 50,000 years and more. Parts of that DNA may still play a part in our appearance and how we perceive the world.

New tests focussing on elements in our DNA called Ancestry Informative Markers (AIMs) can track ancestry back to the Stone Age (Palaeolithic period) and map our lineage across time and locations. Indeed, the US Library of Medicine reports it’s possible that certain genetic variations inherited from our ancient ancestors could even play a role in everything from our height and hair texture to our sense of smell and how well we adjust to heights.

Leading testing expert, Dr Avinash Hari Narayanan (MBChB), Clinical Lead at London Medical Laboratory, says: ‘Modern humans like ourselves only reached the British Isles around 40,000 years ago and, because of the impact of the last ice age, Britain was only continually settled around 12,000 years ago. Much of our DNA dates back much further than this, meaning our origins can be traced back to places far beyond Britain.

‘The journey that each of our ancestors took may be very different from that of our friends’ and neighbours’ ancestors, however, and these different migratory paths, from thousands of years ago, are still captured and represented in our blood.

‘Fascinatingly, the majority of Brits have a small amount of genetic material from humans who actually arrived here far earlier than modern man. Genetic testing reveals that people of European or Asian backgrounds have around 2 percent Neanderthal DNA, with some individuals having even more. People of African descent, in contrast, are likely to have far less, around 0.3 percent.

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