Sometimes, I Think They Should Give Master of the Obvious Degrees

I was reading some archaeological information on the Etruscans (a pre-Roman civilization in Italy) and encountered the following statement:

A team of geneticists from Italy and Spain undertook the first genetic studies of the ancient Etruscans, based on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from 80 bone samples taken from tombs dating from the seventh century to the third century BC in Etruria. This study found that they were more related to each other than to the general population of modern Italy.

Sounds very scientific and authoritative, doesn’t it? Re-read that last sentence with me: This study found that they were more related to each other than to the general population of modern Italy.

Really?

DNA testing shows that people who lived 2,500 years ago are more closely related to other people that lived 2,500 years ago than they are to modern Italians?

Do you realize that international universities expended tens of thousands of dollars to discover this astounding fact? These are the people we’re trusting to tell us about our ancient past?

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