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NEWS: researchers expect to I-D found skeletons from the Franklin expedition to the Arctic

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by leashedForLife, Apr 24, 2017.


  1. leashedForLife

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    Interestingly, 4 samples came up as "female" - old DNA often fails to amplify the Y chromosome, leading to false hits as F, & it is extremely unlikely that *four* women, all clandestine Royal Navy, were along on this one ill-fated trip.
    However, it's possible 1 is genuinely female remains - as other women did serve, disguised as men. [This happened in the U-S military as well, during the Revolutionary & Civil wars, especially.]
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    more here on the attempt to identify remains:
    http://www.livescience.com/58797-dna-sailors-on-1845-arctic-expedition.html
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