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Since Cheddar Man we’re all immigrants | Brief letters

A woman measures the skull of Cheddar Man in 2010.
A forensic anthropologist at the Natural History Museum measures the 10,000-year-old skull of Cheddar Man in 2010. DNA Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian

The most interesting line in your article on Cheddar Man (7 February) is that only 10% of the white British population can trace their ancestry back to this ancient migrant group, who could well be termed indigenous. Finally, proof that almost everyone on these islands is an immigrant and that it’s time to stop all this isolationist nonsense: the ability to take in newcomers and absorb them is what had (note the past tense) made this country great.
Dr Lola Martinez

• Re Jenni Murray’s experience, I had no problem getting the contraceptive pill in 1968 (The pill in the 1960s, G2, 31 January). That year, I got a throat infection and headed for the student health centre, where I had trouble convincing the doctor I was actually ill, and and it wasn’t just a pretext for getting the pill.
Liz Barnes

• While I enjoyed the comparison of Boris Johnson and Deinocrates (Letters, 10 February), I have to confess I’d never heard the latter. I hope that in the not too distant future the vast majority of people will not have heard of Boris Johnson either.
Professor David Evans

• Would it be possible to produce G2 without staples? It would be kind to gardeners who compost the paper after reading it.
Anna Lloyd
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

• Seeing your article about the fatberg being displayed at the Museum of London (Report, 9 February), I can’t help but think that Damien Hirst has missed a trick.
Chris Osborne
West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire

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This article titled "Since Cheddar Man we’re all immigrants" was written by Letters, for The Guardian on Sunday 11 February 2018 05.49pm


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