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Welsh schoolgirl was ‘kept in a cage by her father for four years in Saudi Arabia after he accused her of un-Islamic behaviour’

A Welsh schoolgirl has been kept prisoner in a cage by her own father for more than four years after she was accused of un-Islamic behaviour, a court heard yesterday.

h/t Brenda

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One quarter of Welshmen descended from warlords

Fully one quarter of modern-day Welshmen are descended from a grand total of 20 medieval warlords. The warlords must have been able to select just about any woman at will, but also there would be prestige and power from marrying into the families of the warlords. This is similar to the huge number of descendants of Genghis Khan, with as many as 1 in 200 men worldwide descended from him.

Something is always being selected for. In our day, power and prestige still matter, but effective birth control as well as entrenched monogamy limit the number of descendants that even the most powerful men have. In the old days, the powerful translated their political and military success into offspring, but today the powerful, who in the West anyway are mainly the wealthy, don’t seem too interested in this. Once in a great while you hear about some rich man who has a secret hidden family, but these guys are just pikers compared to Welsh or Mongolian warlords.

Get with the program, you guys!…

Related: Warfare and reproductive success in a tribal population: The reasons why warriors in small-scale societies participate in war are poorly understood. Evolutionary anthropologists have argued that individuals can benefit from participating in warfare despite the risks they face. Unfortunately, field data to evaluate this hypothesis are exceedingly rare. Here we present the first quantitative study on warfare and reproductive success among a pastoralist population. Participation in warfare for elders is associated with a greater number of wives and children…

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