Europeans All Closely Related, Gene Study Shows

Europeans all shared a common ancestor just 1,000 years ago, new genetic research reveals.

Maps that show where the distant cousins of modern-day people in the UK live, at three different levels of relatedness (recent on top, older on the bottom). Bigger circles mean more ancestors, and numbers give average number of shared genetic a

Scientists drew this conclusion, detailed today (May 7) in the journal PLOS Biology, by calculating the length of regions of shared DNA from 2,000 Europeans.

The same technique hasn’t been applied to other continents, but people in other parts of the world are just as likely to be closely related, the researchers said.

“In fact, it’s likely that everyone in the world is related over just the past few thousand years,” said study co-author Graham Coop, a geneticist at the University of California, Davis.

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