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Unnatural selection: Darwin’s family damaged by inbreeding
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Unnatural selection: Darwin’s family damaged by inbreeding

THE children of Charles Darwin, whose theories on evolution revolutionised science, may have been genetically blighted themselves — because of generations of inbreeding in his own family.

"Among the 62 aunts, uncles, and cousins in the four generations founded by Josiah and Sarah, 38 remained childless. Just as Britain's population was booming, the fertility of Darwins and Wedgwoods was falling."

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