Friday, 14 March 2014

Y Markers

The Y chromosome marker - a piece of DNA passed from father to son - reveals that a quarter of Orkney men are directly descended from the the Norse Vikings. The Orcadian has some of the findings. Maybe it's not surprising that the Old Man of Hoy (above) has stood guard for so long and that the Orkney Brewery produces a popular beer with this name.

Scottish Islands Explorer - descended from Fair Isle stock

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