Dating haifa jewish
The Cohen line is patrilineal -- passed from father to son without interruption for 3,300 years, or more than 100 generations. Skorecki considered, "According to tradition, this Sephardi Cohen and I have a common ancestor.
Could this line have been maintained since Sinai, and throughout the long exile of the Jewish people?
In their second published paper in Nature (July 9, 1998) the researchers included an unexpected finding.
Karl Skorecki, a Cohen of Eastern European parents, was attending synagogue one morning.
The Cohen called up for the Torah reading that morning was a Jew of Sephardic background, whose parents were born in North Africa. Skorecki looked at the Sephardi Cohen's physical features and considered his own physical features.
This collection of markers has come to be known as the Cohen Modal Hapoltype (CMH) -- the standard genetic signature of the Jewish priestly family.
The chances of these findings happening at random is greater than one in 10,000.