Some of the oldest human DNA ever discovered in the United Kingdom can be found in ancient remains discovered in England and Wales, according to researchers looking into these artifacts.
Two unrelated tribes, which the researchers assume migrated to the island at the conclusion of the last ice age, were found to have lived in Britain, according to the DNA. According to a University College London press release, Mateja Hajdinjak, an expert in ancient DNA at the Francis Crick Institute, “Finding the two ancestries so close in time in Britain, only a millennium or so apart, is adding to the emerging picture of [Paleolithic] Europe, which is one of a changing and dynamic population.” The study was just made public in Nature Ecology & Evolution. The scientists examined the DNA from two persons’ remains that were discovered in Welsh and English caves. The Welsh bones are 13,500 years older than the English ones, which date to around 15,000 years ago. The more recent remains were discovered in Wales’ Kendrick’s Cave, while the older remains were discovered in Somerset’s Gough’s Cave.