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Tree of Consanguinity

"Tree of Consanguinity," Decretalium copiosum argumentum, ca. 1450-1510. (Detail). "A woodcut depicting the various ties between family members in the popular archetype of the tree of consanguinity."

Credit: The Trustees of the British Museum

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