The reconstruction of ‘Cheddar Man’ – the potential of ancient DNA for human demography and phenotyping
'Cheddar Man' is one of these 'first Brits', with ~10ky Britain’s oldest complete human skeleton excavated in 1903 in Gough's Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. As part of our ancient British population genomics project, we had the privilege to sequence Cheddar Man's genome, resulting in ~10GB of 10ky old A's, C's, G's and T's. Somewhere hidden in this enormous puzzle lie the answers: what population did Cheddar Man belong to? What's his genetic legacy today? And how did he look?