Tracing the Ancestry of the Chinese Emperor Cao Cao

Emperor Cao Cao was a cruel and merciless Chinese warlord, but also a brilliant ruler and military genius. He rose to power in the final years of the Eastern Han Dynasty and was posthumously...

The Genetic Legacy of the House of Aisin Gioro

The Qing dynasty was the last dynasty in Chinese history, ruling China from 1644 until the Xinhai Revolution in 1911-1912. This dynasty was a multi-cultural empire that gained control of a large area, which...

Was the Skeleton of Luke the Evangelist Swapped?

Luke the Evangelist is the patron saint of artists, physicians, surgeons, students and butchers, and his feast day takes place October 18. Luke the Evangelist is said to be the author of the third...

Discovering the Long-Lost Romanovs

The Romanov family was the last imperial family of Russia. Tsar Nicholas II was the eldest son of Emperor Alexander III and Maria Feodorovna of Denmark. He married Princess Alix of Hess and by...

The Genetic Legacy of Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan was a world-renowned 13th century Mongol Emperor. Khan is known to most for his brutality and bloodthirsty conquests, but he is also remembered by Mongols today as the father of the Mongol...

Finding the Remains of Birger Magnusson, founder of Stockholm

Birger Magnusson was the ruler of Sweden for nearly two decades in the 1200s. He was never a Swedish king, but held the title of “jarl” (the equivalent of duke or earl) and ruled...

Identifying a plane crash victim from an arm alone

On March 12th, 1948, a charter flight crashed in the Wrangell Mountains of Alaska. The plane carried six crew members and 24 seamen returning home after a mission on an oil tanker. The day...

Y-Chromosome ‘Adam’ and Me – Using Y-DNA to Trace Ancient Paternal Roots

Differences in the outward physical features of people from around the world make us appear very uniquely distinct from each other. However, our DNA, the hereditary material that carries information on how to build...

The Spread of DNA From “Niall of the Nine Hostages”

Niall Noigiallach aka "Niall of the Nine Hostages" was one of the greatest Irish kings. He ruled Ireland in the fifth century and was said to have consolidated his power by leading raids on...

Analyzing the Putative Skull of Jan Kochanowski

Jan Kochanowski was a great Polish poet. He was born in Sycyna, a small village in Poland. He studied at the University of Königsberg (East Prussia) and at Padua University (Italy). He then returned...

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