Legendary Mongol leader Genghis Khan (1162-1227)

Legendary Mongol leader Genghis Khan (1162-1227) is today famous for establishing the largest empire in history. He was a ruthless killer, but also a brilliant military innovator who practiced the ‘surrender or die’ policy.

He and his sons vanquished peoples from the Adriatic to the Pacific, reaching modern Austria, Finland, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Vietnam, Burma, Japan and Indonesia. At their peak, the Mongols controlled between 11 and 12 million contiguous square miles, an area about the size of Africa.

Modern developments in DNA testing have revealed a vast number of people may, in fact, be directly related to Mongolian warrior king Genghis Khan.
A 2003 groundbreaking historical genetics study revealed that close to 8 % of men living in the former Mongol Empire carry identical Y-chromosomes. That 8% is 0.5 percent of the male worldwide population, which translates to a staggering 16 million descendants alive today.

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