E3b - the dominant Scaife Haplogroup?

Follow up of new developments in E3b research since the original E3b results of the 2008 Y-Chromosome DNA analysis and what this might mean in relation to Scaife surname.

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Has the fact that there are "Bastard" children in our lines been considered or is this a possible explanation of some of our diversity of DNA?

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You are right to point this out as a possible explanation. Within a haplogroup (eg E3b), I would not expect this to be a case, but between haplogroups, a break in the genetic DNA has to be possible. One way to reduce the likelihood of this being the case is to test more than one subject in the same family but at an earlier point in the family tree. This doesn't preclude the break having happened in earlier (pre written record) times though.