.A recently discovered DNA marker suggests that 10% of Scottish men are directly descended from the Picts.
Many generations of historians have puzzled over what used to be called the problem of the Picts. Where did they come from? Who were they? Why did they seem to disappear from history?
ScotlandsDNA has found a marker that strongly suggests that they did not fade from the map of our history, and that in fact the Picts are alive, well and living amongst us!
How is it possible to know this? How does the science work?
We all inherit a great deal of DNA from our parents, 6 billion letters in all, but some of it can be very informative about our deep ancestry. Fathers pass on Y chromosome DNA to their sons and fatherlines can be reliably traced back through thousands of years.
Dr Jim Wilson, Chief Scientist for ScotlandsDNA, found…
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