Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown, according to an article in The Telegraph. The ‘king,’ who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent.
Although it is not known who he was, or where he lived, scientists say he must have existed because of genetic variation in today’s European populations.
The article doesn’t tell how the researchers found that he was a king or chieftain, other than the fact that he apparently had a lot of descendants. If true, that might mean he was a man of some stature within his community.
In any case, you can read about the claim in an article by Sarah Knapton, Science Editor, in The Telegraph at http://goo.gl/u0rvwb.
This should make for an interesting episode on Who Do You Think You Are?
My thanks to newsletter reader John Rees for telling me about this article.