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Cuckold alert! Who’s your daddy? Probably your daddy, says DNA paternity study

| | October 24, 2013
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Despite the popularity of paternity tests and the guest lineup of the “Maury Povich” show, most men are not being duped into raising children who are not their own, new research suggests.

At least in Flanders, Belgium, about 1 to 2 percent of children have been raised by men who are not their biological fathers over the last 400 years, the study showed. That is substantially lower than past estimates gleaned from rates of adultery and other family research, which suggested the rate of cuckoldry could be as high as 30 percent.

The findings suggest the rate of cuckoldry has been consistently low in this population for the last 400 years. Still, it’s hard to draw conclusions about past or current levels of promiscuity, because the records can’t reveal why a man would raise a child who was not genetically his. Perhaps a man was duped into thinking he was the father, or he knowingly adopted the child.

Read the full, original story here: Who’s Your Daddy? Probably Your Daddy

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