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Michelle Rodriguez's paternal family practised inbreeding

May 30, 2012 | 10:15am EDT

The 33 year old recently traced her family history for U.S. TV show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and researchers unearthed information about her Puerto Rican ancestors that she would have preferred not to have known - her paternal great-great-grandparents were first cousins.

According to genealogists, incestuous relationships were commonplace in certain territories as a way to ensure desirable characteristics, like lighter skin tones, were carried on to future generations.

The shocked actress says, "I guess my father's side loved to do it in the family."

The Resident Evil beauty also had her DNA tested to reveal the truth about her heritage and the findings indicated she was 72 per cent European, 21 per cent black and six per cent Native American.

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