Here is what I learned about my ancient ancestry:
As humans were first migrating out of Africa more than 60,000 years ago, Neanderthals were still living in Eurasia. It seems our ancestors hit it off, leaving a small trace of these ancient relatives in my DNA.
79% Western Africa
5% Northwestern Europe
4% Eastern Africa
4% West Mediterranean
3% Northeastern Europe
3% Eastern Europe
MY MATERNAL LINEAGE BEGAN ABOUT 150,000 YEARS AGO.
My maternal ancestors spread from east-central Africa to northwestern Africa at a time when the climate and landscape were more hospitable. They settled from the central-West African coast to North Africa. In the north, my cousins are now part of populations such as the Berber peoples. The Berbers are traditionally livestock herders. Toward west-central Africa, I have cousins among traditional farming groups.
My maternal branch is L2a1a2
MY PATERNAL LINEAGE BEGAN AT LEAST 180,000 YEARS AGO.
My paternal ancestors spread from Central Africa to West Africa. My cousins include the Bantu-speaking people. The Bantu had an advanced farming culture, and were the first people in sub-Saharan Africa to work iron. Later expansions to the east and south introduced agriculture across Africa and spread the Bantu languages throughout the continent.
My paternal branch is E-U186