By The Associated Press
LONDON — Using DNA from a tooth, scientist have established a blood tie between a 9,000-year-old skeleton known as “Cheddar Man” and an English schoolteacher who lives just a half mile from the cave where the bones were found.
Oxford University scientists announced Friday that Adrian Targett, 42, a history teacher in the town of Cheddar in southwest England, shares a common ancestor with Cheddar Man.
It is the longest human lineage ever traced, the team of scientists from the university’s Institute of Molecular Medicine said.
“They would have shared a common ancestor about 10,000 years ago, so they are related — just not very closely,” said Dr. Bryan Sykes, leader of the research team.
If Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron have their way, the descendants of Cheddar Man will all vanish from the earth and especially from England. BTW British DNA does not mean Pakistani or Arab DNA. Cheddar Man is US Census Code 011 British.