EUROPE'S SEVEN FEMALE FOUNDERS
Arriving at different times during the last 45,000 years, they survived wolves, bears and ice ages to form different clans that eventually became today's population.
These are the claims of Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University.
Calling them "The Seven Daughters of Eve", Professor Sykes has individually named them Ursula, Xenia, Tara, Helena, Katrine, Valda and Jasmine.
Professor Sykes arrived at his conclusion by studying mitochondrial DNA, which is passed down from mothers to children.
From 6000 random samples, and allowing for naturally occurring mutations, he established seven different clusters of DNA."
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