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90 centuries and 300 generations later, DNA links British caveman to local teacher

90 centuries and 300 generations later, DNA links British caveman to local teacher

Cheddar Man, considered Britain's oldest complete skeleton at 9,000 years old, was found in 1903 in Gough’s cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. His remains are kept by the Natural History Museum in London. In 1996 Bryan Sykes, a documentary filmmaker researching a series on archaeology in Somerset, decided to test whether the Cheddar Man had any descendants in Somerset. A team of Oxford University researchers distributed DNA test kits to local Cheddar schools, and a mitochondrial DNA match was found to a local schoolteacher, Adrian Targett. In 2013, Australian and British descendants of Cheddar Man met for a unique family reunion in the cave where the Cheddar Man's skeleton once lay.

Did you know? Cheddar Man and his descendants are part of the world's oldest known family tree.

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