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Entire European continent shares ancestry

| | May 9, 2013
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Europeans all shared a common ancestor just 1,000 years ago, new genetic research reveals.

Scientists drew this conclusion, detailed 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.

View the full story here: European DNA Study Links People Across Continent To Shared Common Ancestor

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