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Inbreeding Caused Demise of the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty

Friday 17 April 2009

Inbreeding Caused Demise of the Spanish Habsburg Dynasty

‘The Hapsburgs ruled Spain from 1516 to 1700, presiding over the first global empire, but died out after generations of intermarriage, according to the first genetic analysis of the family. The royal fashion of marrying relatives to preserve the dynastic heritage culminated in a monarch who was so genetically inbred that he was unable to provide an heir and power passed to the French Bourbons.’

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