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The DNA profile of the Cheddar Man

Are you related to the man from the Stone Age?

Find out with a DNA origin analysis from iGENEA and also compare yourself with many other famous people!

The aborigines of the British Isles

The skeleton of Cheddar Man was found in 1903 in the Somerset region near the village of Cheddar in England. He lived about 9,100 years ago, making him one of the first people to repopulate the British Isles after the end of the last ice age. Genetic studies have revealed a lot of information about his appearance. He most likely had green or blue eyes, dark hair and a dark skin colour. This appearance is considered typical of the people of Western Europe at that time.
Cheddar Man belonged to haplogroup I2 in the paternal line and to haplogroup U5b1 in the maternal line.

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Unraveling My Surprise Ancestry with iGENEA: A Connection to Cheddar Man!

My review on the iGENEA DNA test details my fascinating journey in discovering my unexpected ancestral connection to the Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton in Britain. (Z. Baldischwyler)

After months of curiosity and anticipation, my iGENEA DNA test results finally arrived. The air was thick with excitement as I eagerly opened the email that bore the answers to my heritage. The comprehensive report depicted my ancestry, but what stunned me the most was an unexpected connection. According to the results, I am historically connected to none other than the famous Cheddar Man, the oldest complete skeleton in Britain.

From the onset, the DNA test process with iGENEA was seamless and user-friendly. The test kit was delivered swiftly without any issues. The instructions were crystal clear and made the collection process quite effortless. After collecting the DNA sample, I sent it back to their labs and within approximately six weeks, my results review was ready.

Navigating through the results on the iGENEA website was also relatively straightforward. The interface was designed to be understood by a non-scientist like myself, with pictorial representations, detailed breakdowns and a glossary for any terminologies that were potentially confusing.

However, it's the revelation of my ancestral connection to Cheddar Man that has left a deep impression on me. For those unfamiliar with him, Cheddar Man is the name given to the remains of a prehistoric man found in Cheddar Gorge, UK, who lived around 10,000 years ago. This connection shatters my previously presumed lineage and has sparked an immense curiosity for me to delve deeper into my ancestral background. In particular, my European genealogy that I hadn’t been conscious of previously.

Additionally, IGENEA provided expert genetic genealogists that offered further support in interpreting my results. They were quick to respond, ensuring they provided comprehensive responses to resolve any queries I had regarding my results. The maps and family tree included in my results package provided me a clearer picture of my past and potential ethnicity connections.

Ultimately, the iGENEA service was not only enlightening but also addictively fascinating. It made me realize that we are all a product of a much larger historical quilt than we sometimes acknowledge. I couldn’t be more content with my experience, and I highly recommend iGENEA for anyone with an interest in discovering their deep ancestral history.


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Questions and answers about the DNA test

How long does a DNA origin analysis take?

After we have received the samples it normally takes 6 weeks for the fist results. Depending on the chosen test the result is thus already fully ready or further analysis are done.

How can I order a DNA origin analysis for someone else?

If you order and pay for a test set for somebody else online, the address of the other person under “Comments”. We will then send the collection kit to the address of this person. You can also place your order by phone or e-mail.

This is how the DNA origin analysis works

A Mucus Sample suffices to get a sample of your DNA. Taking the sample is simple and painless and can be done at home. Send the samples with the envelop included in the sampling kit.

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