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Lost Norse of Greenland fuelled the medieval ivory trade, ancient walrus DNA suggests

August 9, 2018 - General

The Icelandic Sagas tell of Erik the Red: exiled for murder in the late 10th century he fled to southwest Greenland, establishing its first Norse settlement.

A walrus rostrum (upper jaw bone) with tusks used in the study. It can be dated to c.1200-1400 CE based on the
characteristics of a runic inscription in Old Norse. It is from the collections of Musée Vert, muséum d’histoire
naturelle du Mans, and may once have been part of an…

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