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Old 05-14-2013, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Charlemagne’s DNA and Our Universal Royalty – Phenomena: The Loom

I think that the national geographic author's use of "ancestor" in regard to Charlemagne specifically may be a little loose and ‘relative’ would be a better word when throwing out specific names like Charlemagne (less sensational, though!), but the actual idea behind the research is interesting.

My non-expert/casual observer reading of the study is that if I, a random Euro guy, met a nice random European gal (hypothetically of course since I’m already married) and we wanted to make sure our kids wouldn’t be ‘inbred’, and we went about tracing our paternal/maternal family trees (so to speak) to make sure we didn’t share a “dad” or “mom” (and we’d have to trace each parents’ parent, thus quickly branching outward), we’d, sooner or later, find a person we could *both* call a father or mother in some respect to a mother or father of another mother or father, etc., and that person will have lived no more than 1,000 years ago (and if I met Euro gal B and did the same detective work we’d hit on a common ancestor, too, although the first hit might be a different ancestor than gal A, and then maybe only 400 years ago instead of 900, or whatever). Of course, *that* shred ancestral father or mother and his or her mate probably wouldn’t call the same person “mom” – they’d have to trace *their* ancestors back some indeterminate length of time before hitting on another common ancestor, etc., etc.

At least, that’s what I’m taking away from skimming the actual research report and reading the article linked to above. I’m still a little confused and trying to come to process the idea because, although I know all humans are related (and really we’re related to cats and dogs, etc. – and didn’t we all come from an explosion of energy from the big bang?…all are one!), the relatively short time spans of 1,000 or 3,500 years is on the face of it hard to believe when thinking of "ancestor" rather than just "relative".

Any thoughts from others?
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Georgia, USA
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Since cousin marriages were not uncommon not so many years ago, you do not have to go very far back to find areas in your own family tree where you yourself have the same set of "parents" in two lines. I only have to go back to 1750, a set of fifth great grandparents. That is the only set I've found, so far.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Little Rock AR USA
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Hmmmmmmmm
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