Genetic analysis reveals Vikings had a wide and diverse family tree

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2211816-genetic-analysis-reveals-vikings-had-a-wide-and-diverse-family-tree/

TV programme Vikings depicts the exploits of raiding warriors

TV programme Vikings depicts the exploits of raiding warriors

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The Vikings weren’t all Nordic natives. They comprised multiple distinct groups of different peoples, according to a major study of ancient DNA.

“Viking genetics and Viking ancestry is used quite a lot in extremist right-wing circles,” says Cat Jarman at the University of Bristol in the UK, who wasn’t involved in the study. Many white supremacists identify with a “very pure Viking race of just people from Scandinavia, who had no influence from anywhere else”.

In fact, the DNA evidence …