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When did Tibetans have sex with prehistoric humans?

Sex with ancient humans enabled the Tibetans to adapt to a life at 4,000 metres above sea level and sheds light on our own evolutionary history.

See where the Vikings travelled

Use the interactive map to find out where the Vikings travelled to and how they traded and plundered in everything from spices to slaves.

Ancient urn hints at global trade network

Archaeologists "couldn't believe their eyes" when a perfectly preserved urn turned up in a grave in Southern Jutland.

History rewritten: Europeans were “born” in the Bronze Age

DNA from 101 Bronze Age skeletons shows that Europeans came from nomadic tribes who invaded during the Bronze Age.

A famous Danish Bronze Age icon turns out not to be Danish after all

Analysis of the Egtved girl’s teeth, clothes, hair, and nails, show that the Bronze Age teenager was not born in Denmark.

The Norwegian who inspired Darwin

A Norwegian who spent time on the Galápagos Islands may have changed the history of biology.

Orkney Islanders are 25 percent Norwegian

Over 1,000 years after the Vikings arrived, native Orkney Islanders are still genetically a quarter Norwegian.

800-year-old rune stick unearthed during excavation of Danish city

A rune stick from the Middle Ages has been found in the centre of Odense. An unique find, say scientists.

The Viking age began in Denmark

New study changes our understanding of how and where the Viking age began.

The mystery of a deeply gouged Viking shield

This gouge may be the result of a successful parry. The viking who owned the shield was on a journey, probably to Eastern Europe.