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Scientists: Vikings weren't so blond

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen found that the Vikings' genetic heritage was much more heterogeneous and they were hardly just blond and large, AFP reported.
In his article in the magazine. “Nature” scientists emphasize “the genetic heterogeneity of Scandinavia and the fact that people from the time of the Vikings were not only Scandinavians” from a genetic point of view, BTA reports.

"In Scandinavia since the time of the Vikings there have been more dark-haired people than now,” Ashot Margaryan, one of the authors of the study, told AFP. Although the blondes were possessing, there were many who came from Southern and Eastern Europe.

Scientists have sequenced the genome of 442 pieces of bone from across Europe since the Vikings era - from the 8th to the 12th centuries. So they found that at that time there was a significant interbreeding of people in the southern part of the peninsula because of trade and slavery.

According to their data, the Norwegians' predecessors reached Ireland, Iceland and Greenland, the Swedes to the Baltic States and the Danes to Scotland and England.


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