Thursday, February 05, 2009

Did Nazi 'Angel of Death' tamper with Brazilian town?

There's a town in Brazil, Candido Godoi, that has a very high rate of twin births. A normal population in the region has around 1.8 percent twin births. But Candido Godi has 10. Pretty crazy. (All of this according to a report at New Scientist)

What's crazier is the many of the twins have blond hair and blue eyes. Remember, we're talking the Brazillian countryside here.

Oh, Nazi mad scientist / 'Angel of Death' Joseph Mengele made regular trips to the area. Could it all be a coincidence? Probably.

First, the town was founded by German immigrants, which explains the blond hair and blue eyes. And all the twins? Inbreeding. "Genealogical analysis showed a high recurrence of multiple births within families, as well as a high level of inbreeding within the community."

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