Millions of modern Asian men descended from 11 leaders

Millions of modern Asian men descended from 11 leaders

According to a new study, millions of men in Asian region have descended from 11 powerful dynastic leaders, who lived in the region about 4,000 years ago.

The study showed that millions of men in Asia have descended fromleaders like Genghis Khan.Geneticists from the University of Leicester studied the Y chromosome, which is passed on from the father to son. They analysed chromosome in more than 5,000 Asian men belonging to 127 populations.

Experts said that most Y-chromosome types are very rare but the team discovered 11 types of chromosome that are relatively common across the sample and analysed their distribution. The study showed that two common lineages have been ascribed toGenghis Khan, and another to, Giocangga.

The team from the UK found genetic links through a chain of male ancestors to both Genghis Khan and Giocangga as well as nine others leaders who originated from throughout Asia and lived between 2100 B.C. and 700 AD in the region.Mark Jobling, the lead researcher on the project and a professor in the University of Leicester’s Department of Genetics said that hundreds of millions of males belong to these lineages.

The study waspublished in the European Journal of Human Genetics.

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