1 in 200 males today direct descendants of Genghis Khan

Direct descendants of Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan had sex with so many women from the areas he conquered that 1 in 200 males today carry his DNA markers and are his direct descendants.

In 2003 a groundbreaking historical genetics paper reported results which indicated that a substantial proportion of men in the world are direct line descendants of Genghis Khan. By direct line, I mean that they carry Y chromosomes which seem to have come down from an individual who lived approximately 1,000 years ago. As Y chromosomes are only passed from father to son, that would mean that the Y is a record of one’s patrilineage. Genghis Khan died ~750 years ago, so assuming 25 years per generation, you get about 30 men between the present and that period.

Genghis Khan

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