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    uuuuu, grappa is lethal....it burns better than gasoline....
    Generally speaking, I find Italian liqueurs to be potentially lethal. Sambuca and Frangelico seem much more benign than grappa - until you drink too much of either.

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    Leonardo Da Vinci is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Italian geniuses of all times: Here's a recent curiosity about his descent: Leonardo Da Vinci's family tree reveals 14 living descendants.

    “The family tree of the Renaissance-era Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci has been traced across 690 years and 21 generations — revealing 14 living male descendants.

    Historians Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato have spent a decade delving through records to piece together the male line of the da Vinci family.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...relations.html
    http://www.pontecorboli.com/digital/...nardos-DNA.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duarte View Post
    Leonardo Da Vinci is, without a doubt, one of the greatest Italian geniuses of all times: Here's a recent curiosity about his descent: Leonardo Da Vinci's family tree reveals 14 living descendants.

    “The family tree of the Renaissance-era Italian polymath Leonardo da Vinci has been traced across 690 years and 21 generations — revealing 14 living male descendants.

    Historians Alessandro Vezzosi and Agnese Sabato have spent a decade delving through records to piece together the male line of the da Vinci family.”

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencet...relations.html
    http://www.pontecorboli.com/digital/...nardos-DNA.pdf
    Very interesting, Duarte. Thanks.

    I think this research will mainly be useful for proof of identity if they ever get their hands on remains claimed to be those of Leonardo. I doubt the autosomes will tell them much.

    For one thing, after all this time the amount of dna they share with him will be infinitesimal. Also, the male descendants of the Vinci family haven't exactly set the world on fire, and indeed everything I know of Leonardo's father indicates he was a very prosaic man.

    Perhaps the genius came through his mother, along with maybe some fortuitous mutations. We'll never be able to trace her descendants, though, as so little is known of her.

    Now, if they could only study his actual remains! :)


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    what about Guglielmo Marconi?

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    One more: Leon Battista Alberti - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Battista_Alberti

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    Marco Polo, Benvenuto Cellini, Giuseppe Garibaldi or Enrico Caruso.

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