Before , most people in the United States married someone who lived within 6 miles 10 kilometers of their own birthplace. But years later, people born in tended to travel farther to find that perfect someone — on average tying the knot with someone who lived about 60 miles km from where both of the spouses were born, the researchers found.
Moreover, between and , it was common for fourth cousins to marry. Nowadays, it's culturally taboo in the U.
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The family tree also revealed this curious tidbit: From to , even though people traveled farther than usual to find a partner — almost 12 miles 19 km on average — they were still more likely to wed someone who was a fourth cousin or closer, than it was for them to marry a more distant relative, the researchers discovered. This debunks the idea that when people travel greater distances, they say "I do" to people who are less related to them. Instead, it was likely changing social norms that prompted people to stop marrying their close relatives. In addition, over the past years, women in North America and Europe tended to migrate more than men did, the researchers found.
However, when men migrated , they journeyed much farther, on average, than women did, the study authors found. The researchers took a gander at how genes influence longevity. They analyzed data from 3 million relatives born between and who had lived past the age of This data set excluded twins, as well as people who died in the U. Genes accounted for 16 percent of longevity variation, the researchers learned after comparing each person's life span to those of their relatives, as well as the degree of separation between such relatives.
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This is on the low end of previous estimates, which generally range from 15 percent to 30 percent, the researchers said. The finding shows that people with good longevity genes may live an average of five years longer than people without those genes.
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