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Study Reveals 'Extraordinary' DNA of People in Scotland

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Old Tuesday, April 24th, 2012   #11
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Maybe the varied background of the Scottish is due to admixture which took place during the Roman occupation of Britain.
Admixture? As in what the above article was saying? Hah, I don't think so . The largest source of admixture in Scotland was due to the introduction of the Gaels and Vikings who intermingled with the Caledonians. In later years the Anglo-Saxons and Normans were added into the mix.

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Only one in ten of the soldiers stationed in Britain were of Roman extraction. Most were from other parts of the their empire.
I don't know what your source is, but the percentage of non-Romans in the Legions that were deployed to Scotland is far too high. I have no doubt that the Romans recruited men from their outlaying provinces, especially since Scotland was considered to be the “Edge of the world” and not many people would want to risk going there, but having them make up 90% of the Legions is a very exaggerated amount; 20%-30% would be more realistic and historically accurate.

It’s not like it really matters though, since anyone in service of the Romans would not have been allowed to live, nonetheless setle in Scotland. The Caledonians loathed the Romans and their culture, with good reason too.
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Right back at ya babe! Well, historians will tell you that your average soldier in Britain back then was not Roman, but from another part of the Empire. They were there for hundreds of years, so they must have left their genetic imprint on the Celtic population which wasn't only in the periphery of the Isles, as they are today. By the way, love your smile.
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skimmed through my guess would be they checked people living in scotland and not just the native people of scotland. Or they were checking people of recently mixed ancestry.
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Right back at ya babe! Well, historians will tell you that your average soldier in Britain back then was not Roman, but from another part of the Empire.
Then surely it won't be too difficult to find us a source, because I certainly cannot find anything regarding your percentage. Don't get me wrong, I know for a fact that the Roman's had non-Romans serving in Britain, that's a given. It's just the percentage you gave that's much too high to believe; 9/10. Like I said earlier, 2-3/10 is probably more accurate, but I wouldn't be shocked with 3-6/10. Also, don't forget that many of the Legions consisted of Gauls and Germans

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They were there for hundreds of years, so they must have left their genetic imprint on the Celtic population which wasn't only in the periphery of the Isles, as they are today.
England and Wales? Sure thing, look at Rowan Atkinson for example. He's fully English. Scotland? No. Roman Britain eventually comprised of the entire island except Scotland. Like I said in a previous post, the Caledonians loathed all things Roman. They didn't tolerate Roman rule or culture and they certainly wouldn't have allowed the Romans to settle in their lands. The Caledonians (Picts) proved that to the history books by being the only people to not be conquered by the Romans.
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I'd like to see them compare this "extraordinary genetic diversity" which the Scots supposedly possess to that of Turks, Hungarians, Sicilians or even the French. Then it wouldn't be so extraordinary anymore, I daresay.
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Profit motivated sensationalist news stations are the middle man between actual scientific study and the reader? Why does that always end poorly, I wonder. Personally, I'd like to wait until Edinburgh University's Dr Jim Wilson releases something himself.

But I question his bias with his contribution to such shows as: "Is it better to be mixed-race?"
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Even if this is true, couldn't we use this to say "here, we are already diverse ENOUGH without immigration!"

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