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.
My maternal ancestors took part in the early out-of-Africa migrations. They traveled across northeast Africa to Asia. In Asia, they lived a nomadic lifestyle on open grass savannas. Considered modern humans, my ancestors met and mixed with earlier hominids like the Neanderthals.
My paternal ancestors journeyed into Central Asia. Hunters of megafauna such as the woolly mammoth on the open steppe, they followed their prey with the seasons. Though the big game later became extinct, my cousins still live as nomadic herders in these lands.