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Genghis Khan: Father To Millions
Discovery News ^ | 6-22-2004 | Rossella Lorenzi

Posted on 06/22/2004 9:49:06 AM PDT by blam

Genghis Khan: Father to Millions?

By Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

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Statue of the Mongol Emperor

June 22, 2004 —Genghis Khan left a legacy shared by 16 million people alive today, according to a book by a Oxford geneticist who identified the Mongol emperor as the most successful alpha male in human history.

Regarded by the Mongolians as the father of their nation, Genghis Khan was born around 1162. A military and political genius, he united the tribes of Mongolia and conquered half of the known world with a cavalry riding on grass-fed ponies.

By the time Genghis died in 1227, his empire stretched from the Pacific coast of China to the Caspian Sea.

Bryan Sykes, professor of human genetics at Oxford University and author of "Adam's Curse," a study of the Y chromosome, believes Genghis's "super Y" chromosome survived and proliferated as far as the British Isles. He has just begun to check it at Oxford Ancestors, a leading provider of DNA-based services for use in personal ancestry research.

"We will offer British men genetic tests to see if they are Genghis's descendants. It is possible that the Mongol emperor's Y chromosome spread as far as the U.K. through gradual immigration from further East over the centuries," Sykes told Discovery News.

The genetic testing follows another Oxford study, which involved a survey of the Y chromosome — which is passed unchanged from father to son — from all over Central Asia.

The researchers found one Y chromosome fingerprint that was identical in eight percent of the male population.

"This was highly unusual and suggested that they may all have descended from one man living in the fairly recent past. By seeing what small changes had occurred, it was possible to estimate the time at which this common ancestor lived, and it was consistent with an origin in the 12th or 13th century," Sykes said.

Matching that evidence with the overlap between where the chromosome was abundant and the geographical extent of the Mongol empire established by Genghis Khan in the 12th century, the researchers concluded it was Genghis' chromosome.

The Mongol emperor's habit of killing the men and inseminating the women when his army conquered a new territory, coupled with handing the Empire and other wealth to his sons, and their sons, would explain how the chromosome came to such prevalence today, said Sykes.

The final piece of evidence came from the Hazara, a hill tribe in Pakistan who had a strong oral history of being descended from Genghis Khan.

"The Y chromosome was present in the Hazara, but not in the surrounding tribes, who did not have this oral history. Though the evidence is circumstantial, it is, I believe, very strong," Sykes said.

Finding Genghis Khan's tomb, one of the great secrets of all time, could provide the definitive evidence, leading to a direct comparison of Genghis' Y chromosome with those of modern men.

Sykes' hypothesis seems to be consistent with history, according to David Morgan, a Mongol history specialist at the University of Wisconsin.

"There's no reason to doubt that Genghis Khan fathered a good crop of children, if one is to believe the testimony of contemporaries," Morgan told Discovery News.


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1 posted on 06/22/2004 9:49:07 AM PDT by blam
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To: farmfriend
Probably closely related to these folks too:

The Curse Of The Red-Headed Mummy

2 posted on 06/22/2004 9:51:06 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Sow them oats.


3 posted on 06/22/2004 9:52:22 AM PDT by demlosers
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To: blam
Diggers May Have Found Genghis Khan's Tomb
4 posted on 06/22/2004 9:53:58 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I've heard that the Jewish name "Cohen" comes from "Khan" as well.


5 posted on 06/22/2004 9:55:03 AM PDT by thoughtomator (The New York Times: All the Lies that Fit the Socialist Agenda)
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To: blam

Is this a taxpayer funded study? (Oops, stupid question). Kahn made sure his burial site would never be found.


6 posted on 06/22/2004 9:55:27 AM PDT by widowithfoursons
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To: blam

Ahhh Genghis. Where are you now that we really need you (in Iraq)?


7 posted on 06/22/2004 9:57:34 AM PDT by ZULU
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To: blam; Charles Henrickson; mikrofon; Constitution Day; Tijeras_Slim
Genghis Khan left a legacy shared by 16 million people alive today, according to a book by a Oxford geneticist who identified the Mongol emperor as the most successful alpha male in human history.

All that inbreeding doubtless led to some Mongoloids.

8 posted on 06/22/2004 10:06:13 AM PDT by martin_fierro (It MUST be true. I saw it on the Internet.)
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To: thoughtomator
"I've heard that the Jewish name "Cohen" comes from "Khan" as well."

I've read that it may relate to 'Han' too.

Christian Designs Found In Tomb Stones Of Eastern Han Dynasty

9 posted on 06/22/2004 10:07:41 AM PDT by blam
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To: thoughtomator
I've heard that the Jewish name "Cohen" comes from "Khan" as well.

It's true!

It means, "He Who Can Get Armor At The Friendly Price."

<|:)~

10 posted on 06/22/2004 10:07:48 AM PDT by martin_fierro (It MUST be true. I saw it on the Internet.)
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To: martin_fierro

That's a pretty offensive remark.


11 posted on 06/22/2004 10:08:46 AM PDT by JenB
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To: blam

"KHHHAAAAAANNNNN!!!!!"
William Shatner as Admiral James T. Kirk Star Trek II


12 posted on 06/22/2004 10:09:35 AM PDT by DM1
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To: JenB

Feh.


13 posted on 06/22/2004 10:11:24 AM PDT by martin_fierro (It MUST be true. I saw it on the Internet.)
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To: thoughtomator
I've heard that the Jewish name "Cohen" comes from "Khan" as well

No. "Cohen" is Hebrew for "priest." Those who bear the name "Cohen" are likely descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob... and Levi, not from Genghis Kahn.

14 posted on 06/22/2004 10:11:33 AM PDT by Guyin4Os (My name says Guyin40s but now I have an exotic, daring, new nickname..... Guyin50s)
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To: martin_fierro

If you used an ethnic slur as part of some joke, people would come down on you, you know.


15 posted on 06/22/2004 10:12:51 AM PDT by JenB
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To: blam

and inseminating the women when his army conquered a new territory

*** Now I've never heard rape being called 'inseminating' before... that's pretty new to me!


16 posted on 06/22/2004 10:15:33 AM PDT by cyborg
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To: blam

I wonder if James Cahn is related to Ghengis and Kubli? And what about Shaka Kahn? :o)


17 posted on 06/22/2004 10:15:53 AM PDT by TheCrusader ("the frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the churches of God" Pope Urban II)
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To: JenB

Not really. But it is hard to be offended while giggling.


18 posted on 06/22/2004 10:21:31 AM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways)
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To: ▀udda▀udd

Then I suppose you've never had that particular remark directed at someone you love. I don't care if it is a pun, it's a very insensitive word. If he'd made some sort of a pun featuring, oh, "Jap", would that be funny, too?


19 posted on 06/22/2004 10:28:38 AM PDT by JenB
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To: martin_fierro
More like ol' "Jenjis" (as John Kerry calls him) produced a lot of mongrels in seeding the gene pool from east to west...
20 posted on 06/22/2004 10:30:06 AM PDT by mikrofon (He had that Khan-do attitude)
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