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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 09:16 AM

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

Source: BBC

Stonehenge: DNA reveals origin of builders

By Paul Rincon
Science editor, BBC News website

16 April 2019

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown.

Researchers compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found across Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.

The Neolithic inhabitants appear to have travelled from Anatolia (modern Turkey) to Iberia before winding their way north.

They reached Britain in about 4,000BC.

Details have been published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-47938188

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Related: Ancient genomes indicate population replacement in Early Neolithic Britain (Nature Ecology & Evolution)

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