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The work of the statistician Joseph Chang in 1999
showed that it was almost certain that all Europeans are descended from Charlemagne
Now, a new genomic analysis of European populations titled The Geography of Recent Genetic Ancestry across Europe
, shows that Chang was essentially right.
As the paper concludes "...so long as populations have mixed sufficiently, by 1,000 years ago everyone (who left descendants) would be an ancestor of every present-day European. Our results are therefore one of the first genomic demonstrations of the counterintuitive but necessary fact that all Europeans are genealogically related over very short time periods, and lends substantial support to models predicting close and ubiquitous common ancestry of all modern humans"
The paper is quite accessible and includes much more data about the interrelatedness of different European populations.
But for those who have more questions, the authors have prepared a FAQ.
posted by vacapinta
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Don't blame me, I voted for Chang!
Jeb Bush to the Florida legislature: "Chang is a mystical warrior. Chang is somebody who believes in conservative principles, believes in entrepreneurial capitalism, believes in moral values that underpin a free society.
"I rely on Chang with great regularity in my public life. He has been by my side and sometimes I let him down. But Chang, this mystical warrior, has never let me down."
WTF? But is it really that weird coming from a family with a long history with the Skull and Bones Society
posted by afflatus
on Sep 22, 2005 -