All rights reserved. Five hundred years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, a Native American woman may have voyaged to Europe with Vikings, according to a provocative new DNA study. Analyzing a type of DNA passed only from mother to child, scientists found more than 80 living Icelanders with a genetic variation similar to one found mostly in Native Americans. Get the basics on genetics.
Centuries before Columbus, a Viking-Indian child may have been born in Iceland.
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With the shrieking wind of an Arctic storm, it seems as if the little wooden hut is breathing: exhaling then gasping inwardly at each fresh assault from the hostile elements. She is just a year old and the tumult of this polar gale is her earliest memory. Today, the sounds and images abide; the memories unravel like a spool of film. No pipe dream: Wally Herbert wanted to see the polar way of life before it changed for ever, so he took two years The picture I have is quite cinematic, very clear and vivid. I can still conjure up the scene — the dark figures of my sleeping parents, lying on their platform bed, snug under animal pelts and skins; the sputtering stove; the packing crates, all shifting in the uneasy light. Kari was just ten months old when her parents — the acclaimed polar explorer Sir Wally Herbert and his writer wife, Marie — took her to live in one of the most hostile environments of the world. The Daily Mail recorded their departure in , picturing a fur-clad Kari sitting amid 2, tins of Heinz baby food, donated to sustain her during the first year of her stay. The close-knit community of 50 observed an ancient and primitive way of life.