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How a DNA study toppled the Viking family tree

Turns out, being a Viking isn't all in the genes.

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Pop culture and history books usually portray Vikings as tall, blonde, blue-eyed warriors pillaging their way across the North Atlantic. But a new DNA study now says that history may be totally wrong.


Instead, Vikings may have had much more diverse DNA than historians originally thought. Even those without Viking DNA may have been treated as part of the clan as well.