A new special by National Geographic set out to trace the origins of the human race using 350,000 DNA swabs, a joint project between National Geographic and IBM called the Genographic Project. The result is ‘The Human Family Tree’, which illustrates how at least 75 percent of humans came from a single man or woman in Africa tens of thousands of years ago. As resources became scarcer amidst climate change, humans, they posit, moved across Asia and up into Europe, eventually crossing the Bering Strait into the Americas.
A few really interesting tidbits pop up, like a man from Ghana who finds strong traces of European and Asians who find big chunks of Native American. Whether you subscribe to evolution or not, this series should at least pique the curiosity of most family history buffs out there.
The study doesn’t end there. You can submit your DNA to the study by going to their site and ordering a kit. “Where are you really from?” is their tagline. Sounds enticing to say the least.