May 4, 2010

Maybe I Should Have Taken Up The Banjo...

Always have been proud to be a direct descendant of Charles Darwin. Yet:

Darwin dynasty's ill health blamed on inbreeding

After Darwin married his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, they had 10 children, three of whom died as children. Three of the others married but remained childless, suggesting infertility problems. And Darwin himself, who suffered unremitting ill health following his epic trip on The Beagle, was the product of an "inter-Wedgwood" union, his maternal grandparents being third cousins to each another.


Hat-tip: Instapundit

Shameless Self Promotion Posted by John Kranz at May 4, 2010 6:18 PM
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