Great-grandson of iconic bull traced back to ancient origin

The great-grandson of the great bull of Europe has been identified using a powerful new technology that links heredity and personal characteristics. Dyer Eli, 22, one of four sons of the bull, was determined…

Great-grandson of iconic bull traced back to ancient origin

The great-grandson of the great bull of Europe has been identified using a powerful new technology that links heredity and personal characteristics. Dyer Eli, 22, one of four sons of the bull, was determined through the science of genome mapping. “I told him his great-grandfather was great, he did the research,” his grandfather said. “He’s such a great guy. He hasn’t forgotten what he was told and he still has a golden ear.”

Eli was connected to his great-grandfather through DNA testing. (MIND YOU: None of the other boys is “great.”). The study identifies two other males with similar biological markers who share similar features. The findings could change how healthcare organizations approach and analyze genealogical data. An estimated 13 percent of Americans are related to the Spanish Torreño region, but, until now, it was impossible to know which of them were related to Eli, because the DNA samples were hard to access. “It’s not normal to draw conclusions from the vast volume of data on ancient human populations,” said Angus Russell, a biologist at University College London who studied the genome and wrote the paper. “That said, this is a useful first step towards identifying more of this fascinating ‘long lost’ family.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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