On Wed, 27 Sep 2006 08:19:49 +0100, David Stokes <[log in to unmask]>
>Interesting piece appeared in David Meadows Explorator 9.22 piece on
>"On the DNA front, it appears that most Brits are descended from a group of
>I don't want to re-ignite the Saxon DNA debate but it has some bearing. It
>also contains a critique of the University College team's work. Does the
>author of the article have any credence?
>regards, David Stokes
Stephen Oppenheimer is an Oxford University professor and an authority in
the use of DNA to track migrations. He is not alone in the conclusions he
reaches, as Professor Bryan Sykes (also of Oxford University) has reached
very much the same conclusion in his recent book "Blood of the Isles -
Exploring the genetic roots of our tribal history". Whereas Oppenheimer re-
analysed the DNA samples from the Capelli et al (UCL) survey at the
haplotype level (rather than the coarser haplogroup level as Capelli et al
had done), Sykes carried out a similar (haplotype level) analysis of a much
larger DNA sample, which was collected from all over Britain and Ireland.
Whereas Sykes's book is written in a more 'popular' style, Oppenheimer's
book "The Origins of the British: A Genetic detective Story" is aimed at a
more knowledgeable/academic readership.