Hunter-gatherers who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes, scientists have found. Genetic tests were carried out on two hunter-gatherer skeletons that were discovered in a cave in the mountains of north-west Spain in 2006. The findings, published in the journal Nature, came as a surprise to scienetists, who thought that the early inhabitants of Europe were fair.
Niall Ferguson: “Britain should have stayed out of First World War”
Britain made a terrible mistake in taking up arms in 1914, historian Niall Ferguson has claimed. In an interview with BBC History Magazine, Ferguson said Britain could not only have lived with a German victory in the First World War, but it would in fact have been in its “interests to stay out in 1914”.
The soldier, 67, who became WW1’s oldest victim
Almost 100 years on from the outbreak of the First World War, a tale has emerged of how a 67-year-old soldier became Britain’s oldest known combatant victim. Henry Webber was far older than the maximum age to serve in the army, but had convinced the authorities to allow him to join up. He died on the Western Front. His story emerged following a series of supplements published by The Sunday Telegraph. Webber’s great grandson, Paul Bellinger, responded to an appeal for readers’ stories.
Holocaust Commission launched
Prime minister David Cameron has launched a commission tasked with building a lasting memorial to the Holocaust. The Commission, which has cross-party representation from Michael Gove, Ed Balls and Simon Hughes, will work to ensure that the mass killing of Jews is not forgotten. The Commission will hear evidence from people across the country on whether new measures should be taken to remember the Holocaust in Britain.
Hera shipwreck centenary marked with series of events
Sailors buried in what historians believe is Britain’s longest grave will be remembered in a series of events in a Cornish village. The German barque Hera, which hit rocks off the Roseland 100 years ago, was 90 days into a voyage from Chile. The vessel had a crew of 24, only five survived, and the bodies which were recovered are buried in Veryan. The grave itself is more than 30m (98ft) long.