| Cheddar Man |
|Date(s)||c. 7150 BC|
|Site||Cheddar Gorge, UK|
Excavated in 1903, the remains are kept by the Natural History Museum in London, but are not currently on display.
Mitochondrial DNA carried haplogroup U5, found in ~10% of modern Europeans, and U5 is still found in present-day Britons living near Cheddar Gorge. DNA analysis suggests Cheddar Man has the genetic markers of skin pigmentation and pale eyes, "not a surprising conclusion, but neither is definitive."
The death of Cheddar Man remains a mystery. A hole in his forehead suggests violence, or an infection, or from damage at the time of excavation.