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Scientists Identify Irish Progenitor of 3 Million Men

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Scientists Identify Irish Progenitor of 3 Million Men

Scientists Identify Irish Progenitor of 3 Million Men

Scientists Identify Irish Progenitor of 3 Million Men

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After a genetic study found that Genghis Khan had nearly 16 million descendants, scientists in Ireland wondered if they had an equivalent. Yes, it turns out: a far more obscure, but no less fertile, conqueror known as Niall of the Nine Hostages. This fifth century warlord started with 12 sons, whose descendants now number 3 million men around the world. The study in the American Journal of Human Genetics says that includes two percent of all the men in New York.