Skulls from Lichtenstein Cave, a burial site for bronze age Germans. Two male line descendants (below).
The men, Manfred Huchthausen, a 58-year-old teacher, and Uwe Lange, a 48-year-old surveyor, had known each other from living in the same village, about half a mile apart from each other.
But they never knew they were related through a 3,000-year-old shared ancestor.
They only recently found out they are both true descendants of Bronze Age cave-dwellers who lived in the area three millenniums ago.
Thanks to a DNA test on well-preserved Bronze Age bones found in the Lichtenstein cave in the foothills of the Harz Mountains in Germany’s Lower Saxony, the men can now claim to have the longest family tree in the world.
“Before the discovery, I could trace my family back by name to 1550,” Lange said. “Now, I can go back 120 generations.”
Lange comes from the small village of Nienstedt, which is near the excavation site.
Again, ancient European DNA showing the same haplogroups as modern people (although not in the same percentages)
-STR Haplotypes of the 19 male individuals[
A full item (unfortunately in German) is here