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What I Learn About My Ancient Ancestry (Geno 2 Project)

Here is what I learned about my ancient ancestry:

I AM

Neanderthal Man

0.7%

NEANDERTHAL

Modern Man

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.

I AM

  • 79% Western Africa

  • 5% Northwestern Europe

  • 4% Eastern Africa

  • 4% West Mediterranean

  • 3% Northeastern Europe

  • 3% Eastern Europe

MY MAP

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

Maternal Map

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

Paternal Map

That’s my story. What’s your story?

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3 responses

    • Hi, suggested reading can be found on Amazon.com
      Precolonial Black Africa and The African Origin of Civilization by Cheikh Anta Diop
      The Middle Passage by John Henry Clark and his recordings on YouTube
      The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (Lots of researched material)
      Unveiling Men’s Origin by Leakey and Goodall

    • DNA is the genetic material that makes up all living things on this earth. It has not changed in thousands of years and conservatively in the last 250,000 years. Recent discoveries date back to 350,000 years ago with the origin being in African. We also know now that there were more than one male and female in the beginning. The original DNA group L0 disappeared leaving L1 and L2 as the original people sharing a common ancestor. There are other L groups. All Haplogroups are assigned letters of the alphabet and refinements consist of additional numbers and letter combinations. What you get from Ancestry, Geno 2 and others is a generalized gloss over rather a specific location of our ancestors.

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