Thursday, 14 June 2007

The Seven Daughters of Eve Illustrated

According to the book The Seven Daughters of Eve a majority of Europeans can trace their maternal line, to one of seven women: Ursula, Xenia, Helena, Velda, Tara, Katrine, Jasmine based on the haplogroup of their mitrochrondrial DNA.

Now Oxford Ancestors has commissioned Danish artist Ulla Plougmand-Turner to produce abstract portraits of these women using mixed sequences of ancient DNA. Plougmand-Turner, a model before turning to art as a profession some 15 years ago, won the Venus Award of the Society for the Appreciation of the Female Nude in 2003. The works are now on exhibit at Wolfson College, Oxford, where Bryan Sykes, the book's author and Professor of Human Genetics, is a Fellow.

Read the story from the BBC here, and view a brochure on the exhibit here.

Thanks to Marian Press for bringing this to my attention.

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