Humans More Closely Related Than We Commonly Think

Humans More Closely Related Than We Commonly Think
Leah Hogsten/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP

The late esteemed English actor Christopher Lee traced his ancestry directly to Charlemagne. In 2010 Lee released a symphonic metal album paying homage to the first Holy Roman emperor—but his enthusiasm may have been a tad excessive. After all, says geneticist Adam Rutherford, “literally everyone” with European ancestry is directly descended from Charlemagne.

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