Vikings Had Large Amount of Genetic Diversity

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Contrary to popular belief, Vikings weren't simply blonde, seafaring Scandinavians. (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Vikings Were Not Always Blonde-Haired and Blue-Eyed 

Health Editor’s Note: Viking DNA shows a great diversification in genetic backgrounds and does not fit with what has become a Viking stereotype. The genomes of 442 humans, buried between 2400 B.C. and 1600 A.D. were analyzed….Carol

 



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  1. The Vikings had more diversity because they were fearless explorers and came into contact with other groups. And other groups were exposed to their culture of caring about their families, colonizing with their spouses; about 50% of all Viking warriors were female. They also had a very strong sense of honor, both in battle and in the social system. Surviving the Ice Age meant learning to cooperate and having strong family bonds. The Scandinavian countries are some of the most advanced, civilized and humane in the world which has become their downfall. Now you got a dig at Caucasians, has the Smithsonian any articles on the lack of diversity in the low IQ Muslim world? Mohamed legitimize inbreeding by marrying his 6 year-old first cousin. Consanguineous marriage rates in many Arab nations are as high as 50 percent. About 40 percent of the population marries a cousin in Egypt, 32 percent in Jordan, 70 percent in Pakistan and 55 percent of Britain’s Pakistani population was married to a first cousin.

  2. The sea farers came from Phoenicia and went to the Americas, and all up the European coast line. They too were genetically diversified. Africa also went across many thousands of years ago, many times.

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