An analysis of DNA from a 5,700-year-old tomb has revealed the world’s oldest family tree, shedding “extraordinary” light on the importance of family and descent among people who were some of Britain’s first farmers.
A research team has examined the bones and teeth of 35 people in one of Britain’s best preserved neolithic tombs, near the village of Hazleton in the Cotswolds. The results, said Dr Chris Fowler of Newcastle University, are nothing short of “astounding”.
The researchers have discovered that 27 were biological relatives from five continuous generations of a single extended family. The majority were descended from four women who all had children with the same man.
Astounding and most important. Only in modern academia perhaps is the finding that families, descent, are important to humans one of those things that astounds. Everyone else is looking at the astounded as if they are the idiot ginger stepchild. What bleedin’ social institution does anyone think pins the species together?