Scientists tracing the genetic origins of an Icelandic family believe the first American arrived in Europe around the 10th century, a full five hundred years before Columbus set off on his first voyage of discovery in 1492.
Research indicates that a woman from the North American continent probably arrived in Iceland some time around 1000AD leaving behind genes that are reflected in about 80 Icelanders today.
Norse sagas suggest the Vikings discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus and the latest data seems to support the hypothesis that they may have brought American Indians back with them to northern Europe.
It doesn\’t have to have been North America really. We know that the Icelanders got to Greenland, those in Greenland are of that North American stock…..Some Viking shags an Eskimo and brings his kids back to Iceland would give us much the same result.
And if it does have to be North America, then some similar shagging at Vinlund would again provide the same result.
For what\’s been measured is the existence of those N American genes in the Icelandic population: we\’ve no idea, cannot in fact know, whether the mixing was from a pure N American in Iceland or the mixing took place in N America and, ermm, are we still allowed to use this phrase?, half breed(s) went to Iceland.