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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Y-chromosome lineage

Genghis Khan's Genetic Legacy Has Competition

The Mongolian leader left a strong footprint in the Y chromosomes of his modern descendants, but he was not the only one

In addition to Genghis Khan and his male descendants, researchers have previously identified the founders of two other highly successful Y-chromosome lineages. 
Credit: Wikipedia
Millions of men bear the genetic legacy of Genghis Khan, the famously fertile Mongolian ruler who died in 1227. Researchers have now recognized ten other men whose fecundity has left a lasting impression on present-day populations. The team's study points to sociopolitical factors that foster such lineages, but the identities of the men who left their genetic stamp remains unknown./.../

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