Wednesday, August 29, 2012

This Week at Psychology Today: Congressman Akin, Meet Genghis Khan and Your Evolutionary Ancestors

The DNA of 8% of men in the former Mongol empire prove Akin wrong.

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing [impregnation] down,” Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican nominee in Missouri for U.S. Senate famously said this week.
Yeah? Well tell that to Genghis Khan.

And tell it to the chimps.

According to 2003 research by geneticists and biologists at universities across Europe and Asia, approximately 8% of the men now living in areas of Asia once occupied by Genghis Khan’s army are direct descendants of the legendary conqueror. This is roughly the equivalent of 0.5% of the world’s total population of adult men.

Testing the blood of 2,123 living men, researchers from the UK’s Oxford University, China’s Harbin Medical University, Italy’s University of Ferrara, ...

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