Europe is one big family

Europe is one big family

Continent shares common ancestry about 30 generations ago

By Meghan Rosen, 14:39 PM May 8, 2013

The branches of Europe’s family tree converge remarkably recently in the continent’s history — around the time of the Norman conquest and the Vikings’ transatlantic voyages.

Virtually every person living in Europe today shares a common set of ancestors that lived about 1,000 years ago, Peter Ralph and Graham Coop of the University of California, Davis report May 7 in PLOS Biology.

“What’s really surprising is just how closely related Europeans — and likely all people in the world — are,”...

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