Post by Nightjar Post by harry
Most people of European ancestry can probably claim descent from
Charlemagne, as well as from the majority of his servants. Once you go
back that far, you are running into seriously huge numbers of ancestors.
Apparently Genghis Khan was quite prolific too:
We owe it all to superstud Genghis
Warlord Khan has 16m male relatives alive now, says study
One in every 200 men alive today is a relative of Genghis Khan.
An international team of geneticists has made the astonishing
discovery that more than 16 million men in central Asia have the
same male Y chromosome as the great Mongol leader.
It is a striking finding: a huge chunk of modern humanity can
trace its origins to Khan's vigorous policy of claiming the most
beautiful women captured during his merciless conquest.
'One thirteenth century Persian historian claimed that within a
century of Khan's birth, his enthusiastic mating habits had
created a lineage of more than 20,000 individuals,' said team
leader Dr Chris Tyler-Smith. 'That now appears to account for
around 8% of the men in central Asia.'