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DNA sample links 2 men, 9,000 years apart

July 31, 1997
Web posted at: 3:40 p.m. EDT (1940 GMT)

CHEDDAR, England (CNN) -- Adrian Targett is a regular guy in Cheddar, a schoolteacher. His extended family is another matter -- real cavemen, some of them.

Or at least, thousands of years ago they were. Targett learned recently that he is the direct descendant of a man who lived 9,000 years ago, and whose bones were found at the turn of the century in Cheddar's famous caves. Scientists compared the DNA from one of Cheddar Man's molars to that of scrapings taken from the mouths of 20 local Cheddarites, and Targett was a match.

The discovery has made for a strange family reunion, as CNN's Siobhan Darrow explains.

CNN's Siobhan Darrow reports
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