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  • Terry Barton, Linda, and Dave Heron are Co-Administrators of The Heron DNA Project.

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Check out "A Heron Family Forest Grew in Manchester", by Richard Mitchell.  We highly recommend purchasing this book -- an extremely interesting read!  You can also visit their web page at http://www.jamaicaheron.com.

Excerpt from the book: "Sometime before 1790, Alexander Heron came to Jamaica from Scotland.  In 1793 he made his first purchase of land and slaves.  He bought land in the parish of Hanover before he and his brother Robert settled in Manchester on land that was to become the property called Wigton.  From this land base Heron's son, Alexander Woodburn Heron, expanded the families land holdings until he became one of the largest landowners in Jamaica in the 19th century....."

 


Blue-eyed people 'inbred mutants'

  Friday Feb 1 12:00 AEDT
By ninemsn staff

Blue-eyed people are genetic mutants who spawned as a consequence of inbreeding thousands of years ago, a new study has revealed.  Danish scientists believe the first person to have sported blue eyes lived near the Black Sea between 6000 and 10,000 years ago, Fox News reports.

"Originally, we all had brown eyes," researcher Hans Eiberg said in a press release, but a genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes."  Professor Eiberg's 'switch' actually refers to DNA that sits next to the OCA2, the gene responsible for regulating the pigmentation of our eyes, skin and hair.   When that DNA is altered to 'A' (adenine) from 'G' (guanine), we are given blue eyes.

Professor Eiberg and his team sampled 155 members of an extended family in Denmark and a number of people from Turkey and Jordan.  The mutant gene was found in all participants bearing blue eyes, and in notably pure form - leading researchers to believe the transformation occurred not that long ago.

Professor Eiberg suspects the first blue-eyed person lived somewhere near the Black Sea and the gene was later spread to Europe and the Middle East, but he admitted he didn't know for sure.  But it would have taken at least a couple of generations for the colour shift to occur after the initial mutation, the researchers said.

Blue pigmentation is a recessive gene, so it would have required both parents to bear the altered DNA before anyone came out looking like Frank Sinatra.   That person was more likely to be the first mutant's grandchild or the great-grandchild.
 

Celtic Ancestry

From http://www.electricscotland.com/familytree/magazine/octnov2002/celts.htm

 

"Because of the paucity of written records, the scope of Celtic settlement across Europe has not been easy to establish. One feature already mentioned that is strongly associated with Celtic blood lines is red hair; a great majority of people in the world who have red hair will be found to have a Celtic ancestor. But that feature is not uniquely associated with the Celts, so the spread of Celtic people in such areas as present-day Germany and Scandinavia has not been accepted by all authorities. During World War II, a discovery was made that only recently has received meticulous research. A couple of doctors in medical centers in England noticed that there was a feature of Scots and Welsh soldiers wounded in battle that was not present with English, Germans, and other nationalities. The former frequently had a big toe (or great toe) that was the same length as the next toe; all others had great toes markedly longer. They marked that down for research after the war ended, but it was only a few years ago that definitive research was done that has led to a remarkable discovery. They found that there were burial sites across Britain where the skeletons were completely of one ethnic group, such as Celtic burial sites on islands along the Scottish northwest coast, and pre-Celtic burial sites in southern England. Results from studies of those burial sites showed that to a 95 probability Celtic remains had a big toe the same length as, or shorter than, the next toe, while pre-Celtic remains had a big toe longer than the one next to it. That study was expanded to cover burial sites in other parts of Europe and Asia, with the same results. Because the so-called Celtic toe can disappear after many generations of intermarriage, it is not a necessary condition to having a Celtic ancestor, but it is a sufficient one: if a person has the Celtic toe, he or she is almost certain to be of Celtic descent."

Not sure how conclusive this is, since it is primarily a comparison of Celtic and Germanic skeletal remains.

 



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