There is a stereotype that the Viking lifestyle, for the most part, consisted only of epic battles and brutal raids on neighbors and that they were all burly, muscular men with blonde hair and blue eyes. But this is not the case. A recent large-scale genetic study published in the Nature journal showed that the Vikings were not as homogeneous a group of people as it was believed. DNA analysis of the remains from Viking burials revealed that these people often had roots outside Scandinavia and sometimes were not Scandinavians at all. The study also revealed new data on the travel destinations of the ancient Vikings.

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