London - Welsh and Irish people with Celtic roots are genetic blood-brothers of Spanish Basques, scientists said yesterday. The findings provide the first direct evidence of a close relationship between the Celts and the Basques.
The Welsh and Irish Celts have been found to be the genetic blood-brothers of Basques, scientists have revealed. Basques can trace their roots back to the Stone Age and are one of Europes most distinct people, fiercely proud of their ancestry and traditions.
Is the Basque Country Celtic?
The present-day Basque Country was, by the time of the Roman arrival in the Iberian Peninsula, inhabited by Aquitanian and Celtic tribes. The latter seems more likely, based on the use of Celtic and Proto-Celtic toponyms by these tribes.
Are Basques Neanderthal?
Neanderthals left a rather rich and long cultural sequence in northern Spain, who in the Basque Country populated the high coastal lands of Biscay and Gipuzkoa. Neanderthal remains have also been found in the Lezetxiki and Axlor caves.
Where do the Basques originate from?
DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europes most enigmatic people: the Basques. The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.
What do Basques call themselves?
Euskaldunak Basques call themselves Euskaldunak, or “speakers of Euskara,” the Basque language. Euskara also has no known origin, and it is not related to any other Indo-European language, other than possibly Aquitanian.
What is Black Irish ancestry?
The term Black Irish has been in circulation among Irish emigrants and their descendants for centuries. The term is commonly used to describe people of Irish origin who have dark features, black hair, a dark complexion and dark eyes.
Who has Neanderthal gene?
The percentage of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans is zero or close to zero in people from African populations, and is about 1 to 2 percent in people of European or Asian background.