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Phil had a sample of his DNA taken, and Professor Bryan Sykes of Oxford Ancestors came along to explain what it revealed. On his mother's side, Phil was found to be the descendant of a woman who lived 20,000 years ago in the Dordogne. These people moved north following the herds of big game, and Bryan Sykes told Phil that his maternal ancestors may well have been among the first people to come to Britain after the last ice age. On his father's side, his ancestry is part of what Bryan described as the 'Celtic bedrock' that makes up perhaps four fifths of the genetic inheritance of the British Isles.