Study of Britain produces first fine-scale genetic map, Celts not unique
I am sure this study is going to disappoint many people in the UK. A latest genetic study has proved that there is not a unique Celtic group of people in the UK.
Till now many scientists believed that Celts are actually a unique genetic group in the country. But the new study has smashed the myth claiming that there was actually no truth in the long held belief.
The latest study claims that people belonging to Celts lineage in Scotland besides of course Cornwall are more similar to the English than other Celtic groups. This destroys the myth that people belonging to the Celts ancestry in Scotland were closer to other Celts elsewhere in the country.
The study that has been published in the leading science magazine Journal Nature says that the researchers analyzed 2,000 mostly middle-aged Caucasian people living across the UK.
While talking about the latest study Prof Mark Robinson of Oxford University says, â€œI had assumed that there was a uniform Celtic fringe from Cornwall through to Wales into Scotland – and this has very definitely not been the caseâ€
In the meantime the lead author of the study Prof Peter Donnelly says, â€œMany of the genetic clusters we see in the west and north are similar to the tribal groupings and kingdoms around, and just after, the time of the Saxon invasion, suggesting these kingdoms maintained a regional identity for many yearsâ€¦We see striking similarities between the genetic patterns we see now and some of these regional identities and kingdoms we see in AD 600, and we think some of that may well be remnants of the groupings that existed thenâ€.