This Week In History News, Sept. 14 – 19

Published September 18, 2020
Updated September 25, 2020

Vikings' true genetic makeup uncovered, first-known human anatomy chart found, overlooked Black World War II hero slated to get his due.

New DNA Study Proves That Vikings Weren’t All Blonde-Haired, Blue-Eyed Europeans

Ancient Viking Skeleton

Västergötlands MuseumViking remains found in Sweden that number among those used in the recent DNA study.

A groundbreaking genetic analysis of Viking DNA has found that these legendary warriors were much more diverse than once thought. Long believed to be a homogeneous group of fair-haired Scandinavians, Vikings in fact hailed from Southern Europe and even Asia, according to the new research.

In fact, experts now believe that “Viking” was much more of a social identity than any kind of ethnic one. As evolutionary geneticist Eske Willerslev said, “The history books will need to be updated.”

Learn more here.

This 2,200-Year-Old Chinese Medical Text May Be The Oldest Known Chart Of Human Anatomy

Oldest Known Anatomy Chart

The History Collection/AlamyThis ancient Chinese silk text is the oldest-known anatomical chart in the world.

Researchers examining the site of a 2,200-year-old Chinese tomb not only found human remains, but they also found what may be the oldest known chart of the human body.

This Chinese text written on silk was discovered inside the tombs at the site of Mawangdui in south-central China. But making out the contents of the ancient silk script was no easy task.

Dig deeper in this report.

This Black WW2 Medic Was Denied The Medal Of Honor — Now Congress Wants To Change That

Waverly Woodson Jr

Courtesy of the Woodson family via APCpl. Waverly B. Woodson Jr. spent 30 hours treating wounded soldiers and saving drowning troops at Normandy — all while being injured himself.

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. lawmakers is working to push for a special posthumous award for an American hero of World War II whose bravery was not properly recognized.

Army medic Cpl. Waverly Woodson Jr. was among the countless medical professionals deployed to the battlefield during the war, saving untold lives in the line of duty. He was part of the 320th Barrage Balloon Battalion — the only all-Black unit that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day, when he performed feats of heroism that may now finally be recognized.

Learn the full story of Waverly Woodson Jr.

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