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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.

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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.