Genographic Project

I joined National Geographic's Genographic Project to map the human journey and its scientists ran a cutting-edge test of my DNA.

Here is what I learned about my ancient ancestry:

I Am

Neanderthal Man
2.7%
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

1of834,322
Participants

I Am

  • 49% Mediterranean
  • 28% Northern European
  • 20% Southwest Asian
  • 2% Northeast Asian
  • 2% Native American

My Map

My Maternal Lineage Began About 150,000 Years Ago.

My maternal ancestors carried farming culture from the region of the Fertile Crescent into Europe. This revolutionized not only the way food was grown but introduced a shift from a nomadic lifestyle to a settled one. Changes to tools, pottery, and weapons may not otherwise have been possible. Thus, my cousins have played an important role in the history of the Fertile Crescent region and of Europe.

My maternal branch is H30b1

Maternal Map

My Paternal Lineage Began At Least 180,000 Years Ago.

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.

My paternal branch is R-CTS3402

Paternal Map