Posted on: Friday, 28 March 2008, 07:20 CDT
A genetic anthropological study known as The Genographic Project has found what is believed to be faint genetic traces left by medieval crusaders in the Middle East.
The team has uncovered a specific DNA signature in Lebanon that is probably linked to the Christian crusades of the 7th and 8th centuries.
This discovery was noted when researchers found that some Christian men in Lebanon carry a DNA signature originating from Western Europe.
The scientists found that Lebanese Muslim men typically carried a different genetic structure than Christian Lebanese men. This particular structure has been linked to expansions from the Arabian Peninsula which brought Islam to the area.
However, the team emphasized that Christian and Muslim Arabs in Lebanon share a dynamic common heritage and that the differences between the two communities are minor.
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