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.
After leaving Africa, my maternal ancestors traveled inland across Asia. While many of my cousins settled there, my ancestors continued on. They crossed a temporary land bridge that connected Asia and present-day Alaska during the last ice age, settling in the Americas. My cousins are part of the pre-Columbian population in both North and South America.
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.