Author Archives: Charlotte Hartley

On genes, ancestry, and why we’re all descended from royalty

People love to declare their “part Viking” heritage, or direct descent from Roman legions. Unfortunately, most of these claims are little more than pseudoscience; they were even referred to by The Guardian as “genetic astrology”.

Cheddar Man: The face of the first Britons

Charlotte Hartley discusses the genome analysis of an ancient British skeleton and what it can teach us about human evolution.