Iceland is often studied by scientists because of its very small gene pool, which makes for some interesting genetic research. They’ve recently discovered the traces of Native American DNA and suspect that it comes from a Native woman brought back to Iceland by the Vikings circa 1000 AD – 500 years before Columbus paraded captured Native Americans through the streets of Spain.
Investigators discovered the genes could be traced to common ancestors in the south of Iceland, near the Vatnajˆkull glacier, in around 1710.
“As the island was practically isolated from the 10th century onwards, the most probable hypothesis is that these genes correspond to an Amerindian woman who was taken from America by the Vikings some time around the year 1000,” Carles Lalueza-Fox, of the Pompeu Fabra university in Spain, said.
Norse sagas suggest the Vikings discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus got there in 1492.
A Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows, in the eastern Canadian region of Terranova, is thought to date to the 11th century.
By the way, in English ‘Terranova’ is pronounced ‘Newfoundland’. Check your facts, Guardian Newspaper…