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
1.5%
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

  • 44% Northern European
  • 35% Mediterranean
  • 20% Southwest Asian

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 H

Maternal Map

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

My paternal ancestors were part of an out-of-Africa migration that took them into the lands that would become the Fertile Crescent. Though at first they were nomads, they eventually become some of the earliest farmers. Developing settled agriculture led to cultural changes that have been linked to early art, textiles, and religion.

My paternal branch is E-M123

Paternal Map