DNA - Tracing your ancestors out of Africa

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1. Feb 3, 2013

Staff: Mentor

I was watching the National Geographic Genographic Project where they are collecting DNA from people worldwide and tracing their ancestor's migrations around the world.

You can be a part of the project by purchasing the Geno 2.0 Genographic Project Participation Kit. I think this would be fun to find out which migratory paths your ancestor's took. Some of the results were surprising. I think I'm going to do it (when I can spare $200). Kind of cool to be part of the project. http://shop.nationalgeographic.com/...ic-project-participation-and-dna-ancestry-kit https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/about/ I know a few people I am quite certain are Neanderthals. 2. Feb 3, 2013 leroyjenkens That is the coolest thing I've seen in a while. I think I may have American Indian in me, but I don't know. This could tell me if I do? I'm white, but I may also have some black in me. It would be cool to know. I think I'll wait until someone else here does it. 3. Feb 3, 2013 Evo Staff: Mentor Yes, it can tell both of those things, definitely the American Indian. View the short video on the "about" link "Video: About the project". 4. Feb 3, 2013 Drakkith Staff Emeritus Just ordered mine! 5. Feb 3, 2013 Evo Staff: Mentor Oooh!!! You'll have to share the results when you get them! 6. Feb 3, 2013 Monique Staff Emeritus It's tempting, but is the information really worth the price? I'd be interested in your findings Drakkith. 7. Feb 3, 2013 Drakkith Staff Emeritus I'm 10% plankton...interesting... 8. Feb 3, 2013 Evo Staff: Mentor It's worth it to me for the novelty of knowing, if nothing else. Plus you get included in the study and part of the cost goes back into funding the project. Finally, I will be contributing something to science. I think my kids will get a kick out of it. It's too bad the episode isn't available on the Nat Geo website, some of the people got some unexpected results. If my mother is correct, somewhere in my ancestry we came from another planet. :tongue2: 9. Feb 3, 2013 Greg Bernhardt Staff: Admin I did the http://www.23andme.com DNA testing last year and it was fairly interesting, but in the end, I don't really take much away from it. It doesn't do anything for me now. 10. Feb 3, 2013 Evo Staff: Mentor Isn't that mostly medical testing? This is nothing like it. 11. Feb 3, 2013 Greg Bernhardt Staff: Admin It has an ancestry section. 12. Feb 3, 2013 Evo Staff: Mentor From the project. 13. Feb 3, 2013 Jimmy Snyder My cousin has been pestering me to go to a family tree dna testing site and have it done for genealogical purposes. It's$159 for mitochondrial, $169 for Y-chromosome, and$289 for both. It doesn't find relatives for you, it just compares known relatives. I don't see the point of it unless it is to show that you were adopted.

14. Feb 3, 2013

Staff: Mentor

That's not what this is either, it's not genealogical. This is that project that has been tracing the different migrations out of Africa, different paths taken and with markers in your dna (they have a huge database) they can determine which of the migrations and paths your ancestors took, going back to 40,000 to 60,000 years.

And then your data is added to the growing data base for the project.

I'm interested in knowing when my family went to Europe, was it before or during the ice age? Did they wander around and arrive after the ice age?

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15. Feb 3, 2013

leroyjenkens

That's pretty cool. If I was crazy enough, I would buy 2 of them, send in one sample with my DNA, and one with my dog's DNA just to see what his results are.

16. Feb 3, 2013

Staff: Mentor

Lol, the dog should throw them.

17. Feb 3, 2013

phion

Neat! I want one.

18. Feb 3, 2013

Mentalist

Hm, interesting. I was doing some light searching of results and found 1 result from a person named Jeff that genotyped his ancestry in 2007, the first phase of this public collaboration with science.

http://jeffyen.blogspot.com/2007/10/my-dna-results-are-out-genographic.html

I was hesitant at first but now I would like my results after seeing Jeff's. I think it would be rather good to know as I am highly curious now.

19. Feb 3, 2013

Staff: Mentor

The link the other guy posted with the map was great too. Ok, now I need to beg, borrow and steal to get mine.

20. Feb 3, 2013

fuzzyfelt

Fascinating idea!