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How does that fit into the context of the article? We are speaking about patrilineality and not ancient ideas about conception. --Sven Lotz 11:58, 14 July 2007 (UTC)
It is clearly relevant. Aristotle's one-seed theory could be used to justify an agnatic theory of relationship, while Galen's two-seed theory fits with a cognatic theory. And Galen lived around the time when Roman law was making the change from one to the other.
If you want the article to be confined to the legal and sociological issue, the part about Y chromosomes and mitochondrial Eve should also go; but once the scientific and medical side is mentioned at all, ancient theories are as relevant as modern, if not more so (as they were a possible influence on ancient institutions). --Sir Myles na Gopaleen (the da) 16:59, 26 July 2007 (UTC)
There was a fairly miserable article on Agnatic succession (see old version here). As it was little more than a single sentence definition I've brought it over here as a subheading and redirected the original page. Analysis of how articles reference the topic indicate that many of them point to Patrilinearity anyway. I'm working on improving it here, and I've fixed most of the pages that linked to the aforementioned article Manning (talk) 01:58, 27 July 2011 (UTC)