Monday, 20 October 2014

Caledonian copulation kicked it off...

The history of Scotland has never been made more central to everyone of us around the world researching our family trees!

It transpires that in the last day or so, white coated boffins from Flinders University in South Australia have revealed that the origins of each of us having to have two parents behind the act of our creation in fact goes back to an ancient Scottish loch somewhere 385 million years ago. It was then that small vertebrate creatures called placoderms first learned the art of copulation, as opposed to spawning - and wait for it, these placoderms are more technically known as Microbrachius dicki (I kid you not). The full story is available at

Wha's like us? Well, err, it now seems to be everyone... :)

Incidentally, just to maintain the art of accuracy, these particular placoderms also apparently lived in Estonia and China. But just to clarify, I have no idea if this is evidence of an early Scottish diaspora, or simple coincidence!


Now available for UK research is the new second edition of the best selling Tracing Your Family History on the Internet: A Guide for Family Historians, whilst my new book British and Irish Newspapers is also now out. And please consider purchasing the great new version of Caledonia by The Libations at 79p via - all profits go to help fund Scottish foodbanks


  1. G'day, I enjoyed this post which I have included in GeniAus' Gems this week at