When they agreed to take part in a unique DNA project, residents of a close-knit Cotswolds village thought they might, at best, discover a far flung relative in an exotic location.
In fact, more than half of participants, who included the pub landlord, a local artist and a farmer, learned they were instead related to each other.
Really, this isn’t all that odd at all:
The closest found was that of Graham Harris and Gloria Warren, 74, who turned out to be third cousins, sharing a great great grandparent as their closest ancestor.
Camilla Bowditch, 68, and Andrew Packe, 66, were revealed to be fourth cousins and had no idea of their genetic link, despite living just minutes away from each other.
Can’t remember what the number is but by the time we’re 16th cousins all of Europe is related, no?
People rarely moved all that far, people couldn’t travel all that far and yet they shagged – thus some measure of shagging the more distant cousins along the way.
We couldn’t actually have a common ancestor and also have diverged in obvious appearance quite so much if this were not true.
Still, lucky they didn’t try this in Norfolk, eh?