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Press release: Germans set up an apartheid-like society in Britain

19 July 2006

An apartheid-like system existed in early Anglo-Saxon Britain, which wiped out a majority of original British genes in favour of German ones, according to research led by UCL.

The paper, which was published in the journal 'Proceedings of the Royal Society B', aims to explain the high number of Germanic male-line ancestors found in modern-day England and shows that a relatively small immigrant Anglo-Saxon population (made up of invaders from present day Germany, Holland and Denmark) could have changed the face of British gene pool simply by using their economic advantage during apartheid to out-breed the Brits. In less than 15 generations the gene pool in what is now England was made up of more than 50 per cent Germanic Y-chromosomes.

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