The living relatives are between the ages of 1 and 85 and live near Vinci, Italy.
If you’ve never had the opportunity to study the works of Leonardo da Vinci, he really is a very interesting individual. It seems as if he was also a family man, as can be seen by the 14 living relatives that are still around today.
The study that revealed this information was published in the journal Human Evolution. According to that study, a look into Leonardo da Vinci’s family showed that he still has 14 living relatives, with some of them living near Vinci, Italy, his hometown.
This was no small study. They looked at da Vinci’s heritage, tracing it back some 690 years. They also used genetic research to compare the Y chromosomes of people living today to their ancestors from centuries ago.
According to a report in Gizmo, the relatives are between the ages of 1 and 85. They live on the Tuscan coast in surrounding areas of Vinci but not right in the city. Unlike their Renaissance man ancestor, they have fairly average jobs, including being a surveyor and a clerk.
The research has been ongoing for a decade, and the researchers looked into the genealogy of da Vinci, but they also scrubbed the previous research where corrections were needed.
Although Leonardo da Vinci had no children of his own, he did have relatives, including more than 22 half-brothers and that is where the bulk of the modern-day relatives come from.
A press release points out that it may be possible to determine how the genius of da Vinci might have been linked to his genetics or perhaps even being left-handed.
It will be interesting to see what more they learn from this study.