Fifteen years ago, archaeologists discovered some Bronze Age bodies in a cave in Germany’s Soese valley. In 2007, researchers asked people in nearby towns to donate DNA samples; they wanted to see if any DNA from living persons match any of the 40 skeletons.
Well, Manfred Huchthausen and Uwe Lange were among hundreds of people who volunteered; the two live in neighboring towns and have been friends for years. Huchthausen, 58, and Lange, 48, were matched to one of the 3,000-year-old bodies. The match means the pair share a great-grandfather 120 times removed and gives them the oldest family tree in the world.
Yep. We’re all related!