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related to descent through the male line; inheritance of the y chromosome is exclusively patrilineal.

Origin: L. Pater, father, _ linea, line

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Re: Common ancestor question

... ). We tend to describe kinship as though it were linear, and focus strictly on patrilineal or matrilineal lines (because we want to establish things like surname-taking, inheritance, and royal succession). But because every instance ...

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by Lenoxus
Wed May 26, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Common ancestor question
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