Viking DNA Discovery

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Not a question, and does not require an answer for me -- but it is something on the topic of DNA, suitable for backgound reading 

Vikings may not be who we thought they were, DNA study finds

in The Tree House by Susan Smith G2G6 Pilot (511k points)
Interesting article.

When you consider the folk migrations across Europe and how far and wide the Viking traveled, this is probably not real surprising. Vikings were active in slave capture and trading. Viking raiding and trading routes surrounded Europe ... even into the Mediterranean.
Thanks, Susan, for the article........studying WikiTree also makes good reading.

Quick FWIW: The Sep 2020 research publication in Nature is a subscriber or for-fee read. About a year earlier the authors published the initial version of the research as a preprint article at bioRxiv: https://www.biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/703405v1.full. The version in Nature has been revised a bit, but if you want to see the full, pre-revision text of the study, including figures, maps, and photos, you can find it there.

Somewhat related (no pun intended) are two studies done in late 2017/early 2018 about early populations in Ireland and Scotland, and the larger than expected Norse-Viking genetic influence they found. The "we really get around" Viking admixture is in keeping with this Margaryan, et al. study.
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FWIW = "for what it is worth". It is a word (?) in Acronymic. 

Oh, I love Google. 

sounds about right, George, a lot of the DNA "migration" was due to slavery ... invading armies spread their DNA also, quite generously

NIFTY article on International Migration (google search for migration c1000 AD) migration of the nations, 400 ad - 1000 ad  

The period lasting from the 4th until the 7th century A.D. has been called the period of the Migration of the Nations, reflecting the extensive migration of many groups. This period was essential in shaping the distribution of cultures in Europe and laying the foundations of future nations. Most tribes found a fixed place to live, and in doing so formed the roots of the European States. Examples are the Franks and Burgundians in France, and the Angles and Saxons in England. The invasions of the Germans in the 4th and 5th century shaped Europe in a fundamental way. The contrast between Northern and Southern Europe faded away and was replaced by a contrast between Eastern Europe with Slav and Greek culture on the one hand, and Western Europe with German and Latin culture on the other.

Edison,  You got me Interested in my Threlkeld ancestors.......proposed two different Crackenthorp merges.....thanks , also, to Susan for first catching my attention.smiley

John, that's great to hear! I got to stay a week in England's Lake District back in June 2019; the most time I've been able to spend in and around the village of Threlkeld. Once I showed my bona fides that this Texan really was a Threlkeld, I became something of a temporary celebrity--or at least a curiosity--at the Horse & Farrier Inn's pub. Never mind that we could hardly understand each other. laugh

To keep this on-topic, the first documented use of the surname Threlkeld dates to 1292 in England. The place-name preceded the surname, and it's a dithematic combining two Old Norse words, þrǽll and kelda. We speculate that the name originated during the period of the Danelaw (886 to 1066). The first known written use of þrǽll/þrǽl in England appeared about 950 AD. Background article at the one-name study here.

Just another example of Nordic/Viking influence. In fact, Old English and the flavor of Old Norse called Old East Norse both stem from the same Germanic linguistic roots and were, to a degree, mutually comprehensible. English today would look far different if we hadn't adopted a multitude of words from Old Norse. Everything from the days named Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, to verbs like are, cut, get, give, lift, run, want, and even the fact that we have third-person plural pronouns: they, their, and them.

Thanks, Edison, I, myself have spent a lot of time in the Lake District.....on Google maps.   Just spent several hours on our Threlkeld ancestors......much more to add on WikiTree.smiley

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Wow Susan,

I assure you I'll be reading every word.   Just my type of article.  (Have only done the 15 second breeze through because I'm Greeting in 7 minutes.)
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