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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2012 3:21 p.m. PST

"Actor Tom Conti is related to Napoleon Bonaparte."
"Conti and Napoleon both share the M34 marker, which is Saracen in origin"
"Researchers believe that Scotland's location could be a factor in the "astonishing and unique" origins of people from the country"
"Scotland's DNA also found that more than 1% of all Scotsmen are direct descendants of the Berber and Tuareg tribesmen of the Sahara, a lineage which is around 5600 years old"
Full article here.

Now I know why my Scots friends are "extraordinary" (smile).


2close2theflame Inactive Member17 Apr 2012 4:01 p.m. PST

explains my "quirks" being half a scot myself!

Rassilon Inactive Member17 Apr 2012 4:05 p.m. PST

It's a small world, we're all just human beings…

Dan Beattie Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2012 4:07 p.m. PST


DJCoaltrain17 Apr 2012 7:01 p.m. PST

It's interesting, but not astonishing that we should all be so closely related. We are the descendants of a genetic bottleneck in human history. Therefore, we are all essentially cousins.

Jovian1 Inactive Member17 Apr 2012 8:33 p.m. PST

As you know, if it's not Scottish, it's CRAP! YouTube link

Personal logo Swampster Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2012 11:56 p.m. PST

Gosh, a man of mediterranean origin shares a genetic marker with another man of mediterranean origin. Who'd have thought it?

Gazzola18 Apr 2012 8:52 a.m. PST


Good one. And funnily enough he did play one of Napoleon's French soldiers in the brilliant film The Duellists?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Apr 2012 10:51 a.m. PST

Yes indeed!.
Happy you had enjoy it my friend!.


Personal logo RelliK Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2012 12:33 p.m. PST

I found out I'm part sheep. Bee ee eeR!

latto6plus2 Inactive Member20 Apr 2012 4:02 a.m. PST

The bit about the berbers is interesting, historian Alastair Moffat, claims that the grammar structures of gaelic are very unusual. So unusual that only about 10% of the worlds languages share them – the nearest being non arabic languages in north africa.I dont have the gaelic myself but interesting anyway.

Gunfreak Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2012 8:24 a.m. PST

"I found out I'm part sheep. Bee ee eeR!"

Good one, but I can top it, I'm part Athlete's foot.

Which explanes why people always say I'm a pain in thier foot.

XV Brigada Inactive Member26 Apr 2012 2:53 a.m. PST

How interesting. Does this account for schizophrenic symptoms such as:

1. Disorganized speech.
2. Disorganized behavior (e.g. dressing inappropriately).


melfortuk27 Apr 2012 2:29 a.m. PST

It is alleged that the Scots, travelled from North Africa (Egypt – A Roman General and an Egyptian Princess – leading their followers) all the way along the Mediterainian through Spain and France Southern Britain and then to Ireland, before crossing to Scotland – end of the World. This accounts for all the celtic peoples in these places. They also brought with them Jacobs Pillow from the ladder fame. This is the stone of Scone.

Ban Chao Inactive Member03 May 2012 9:01 a.m. PST

Its also alleged that Giants lived there too and that Britain was settled from people from Troy etc.
Considering international trade routes have existed since at least from the Stone Age non of this is suprising really eh.

Edwulf20 Jun 2012 8:19 p.m. PST

1% of all Scotsmen are descended from Berbers?

So 99% aren't?

Not so special.. All it would take is one Scotsman to take a Berber wife some 500 or more years ago and have a healthy number of kids and today boom a large number of Scots have Berber ancestory. But it doesn't mean there is some special Berber link. If you add in any Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian immigrants that might have entered the Scottish gene pool then it's not surprising at all.

I believe 80% of all white Englishmen, who have ancestory are in some way descended from Edward the III. 1 person can have a huge genetic legacy.

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