Remnants of an ancient Canaanite found in Sidon. (Claude Doumet-Serhal / Sidon Excavation)
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Modern Lebanese people are directly linked to the biblical Canaanites, according to a study from scientists at the Lebanese American University and Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute that was published Thursday.Published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, the study concluded that the Lebanese are direct descendants of the Bronze Age Canaanite population.The discovery linking the ancient Canaanites with the modern Lebanese was made after DNA samples were extracted from human remains found in Lebanon's southern city of Sidon. Zalloua, who has been involved in the research for over a decade, told The Daily Star that he had collected a hundred samples "across the Lebanese community," to compare the ancient and modern genomes.
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