New study tells a story of gene flow into Scandinavia

Looking at 2,000 years of genetic history Terje Birkedal Laguna Woods, Calif. A recent study has revealed that today’s Scandinavians have different genetic makeups than their pre-Viking, Viking, and even medieval ancestors. The differences are not great, but they are nonetheless significant and tell an interesting story about genetic change in Scandinavian populations over the last 2,000 years. The study was conducted by a vast team of scientists
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Terje Birkedal

Terje G. Birkedal was born in Stavanger, Norway, in 1946. He immigrated to the U.S. as child and grew up in Colorado. After earning a Ph.D. in Anthropology he served as an archeologist with the National Park Service for 36 years. He has conducted fieldwork in Alaska, the American South and Southwest, Canada, the Great Plains, Guam, and Norway. He served five years as President of Sons of Norway Bernt Balchen Lodge in Anchorage, Alaska, and he has always been passionate about Norwegian prehistory, history, and culture.

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