11 June 2013
Living descendants of the UK's Cheddar Man, who lived 9,000 years ago, have been reunited thanks to 192.com.
Considered Britain’s oldest complete skeleton, the stone-age remains were found in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, and were excavated in 1903. Genetic fingerprinting later found that some descendants of the Cheddar Man still live in the same area of Britain.
Sharing the caveman’s DNA is Adrian Targett of Somerset and Craig Dent of Melbourne, Australia. Using 192.com’s search database Craig was able to contact Adrian and the pair met at the end of May.
‘I knew through my research that my links to the Bristol region dated back many hundreds of years on both my paternal and maternal lineages,’ said Craig. ‘However, I was surprised to learn through my DNA that my link with the region dates back thousands of years. When I first spoke with Adrian and other distant relatives in Stoke Gifford and Winterbourne, the heartland of my paternal link to the region, I was humbled by their kindness and warmth. 192.com’s services were invaluable in assisting me to bring these connections to life.’