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Charles Darwin's Deep Genetic History

Chris Darwin, a great great grandson of Charles Darwin, recently joined the 350,000 member Genographic  Project. The Genographic Project is a five-year research partnership led by National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Spencer Wells.

Chris Darwin's saliva swab revealed that he belonged to the Haplogroup R 1 b.  Since Y chromosomes pass virtually unchanged from father to son, Charles Darwin belonged to the same haplogroup as his great great grandson.

Approximately 70% of the men in southern England and up to 90% of the men in parts of Spain and Ireland belong to the R1b haplogroup. Read more.

Learn about DNA in genealogy:

DNA and genealogy / Colleen Fitzpatrick, Andrew Yeiser

Trace your roots with DNA : using genetic tests to explore your family tree / [Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner]

Understanding genetics. Part 1 of 2 [DVD videorecording] : DNA, genes, and their real-world applications / David Sadava.

Understanding genetics. Part 2 of 2 : [DVD videorecording] : DNA, genes, and their real-world applications / David Sadava 

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