LBS 333        Topics in the History of Genetics and Molecular Biology    Fall 2000

 The Hapsburg Lip

Several of our readings have mentioned the "Hapsburg lip" in reference to heredity.

The above portrait is of Charles II, who was King of Spain from 1665 to 1700, and who displays this characteristic trait, a trait that was passed down through the Austro-Hungarian monarchy through successive inbreeding.  The Hapsburg lip deformity
affected poor Charles II so badly that he could not chew his food.  Years of inbreeding had also taken its toll on his
intelligence (he was retarded) and his powers of procreation (he was impotent).

Charles VI

For a pedigree of the Hapsburg lip trait, click HERE.

For a fun and irreverent history of the Hapsburg monarchy,
"Best Hideously Inbred Royal Family of the Millennium," click HERE.

For a more sober history of the Hapsburg monarchy, click HERE.