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Anglo-Saxons left language, but maybe not genes to modern Britons

Brits appear to be more closely related to the island’s indigenous people

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2:44pm, October 21, 2014

SAN DIEGO — Britons might not be Anglo-Saxons, a genetic analysis of five ancient skeletons hints.

When archaeological digs revealed ancient graves on the grounds of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Hinxton, England, researchers there took it as a sign that they should analyze the ancient people’s DNA. Two skeletons were from men who were buried about 2,000 years ago. The other three skeletons were from women who died about 1,300 years ago, not long after the Anglo-Saxons invaded Britain.

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