Half of European men share King Tut’s DNA

Just what we need: half of Europe and all of Britain believing they have a divine right to Egypt.

Up to 70 percent of British men and half of all Western European men are related to the Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, geneticists in Switzerland said.Scientists at Zurich-based DNA genealogy centre, iGENEA, reconstructed the DNA profile of the boy Pharaoh, who ascended the throne at the age of nine, his father Akhenaten and grandfather Amenhotep III, based on a film that was made for the Discovery Channel.The results showed that King Tut belonged to a genetic profile group, known as haplogroup R1b1a2, to which more than 50 percent of all men in Western Europe belong, indicating that they share a common ancestor.Among modern-day Egyptians this haplogroup contingent is below 1 percent, according to iGENEA.

via Half of European men share King Tut\’s DNA | News by Country | Reuters.

Thanks to Flujan over at My Voyage through Time for pointing me to these adventures in historical genealogy.