BrunoI had DNA tests performed by the Genographic Project, a five year project using cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to analyze historical patterns in DNA from participants around the world to better understand our human genetic roots.

There are two possible tests: one based on the Y-chromosome that goes back from father to father; and one based on mitochondrial DNA that goes from mother to mother.

This is not a genealogical study going back a couple of generations. The purpose is to trace the migrations of our ancestors starting about 200 000 years ago and ending about 10 000 years ago.

I don't have the Y-chromosome results yet, but I have the mtDNA ones. From Mom to Mom 2000 generations back. The results are really interesting and pleasantly unexpected.

I belong to the M* haplogroup. This is an East Eurasian haplogroup (genetic clan), and the first to leave Africa 60,000 years ago. My great-grandmother was a Chinese living in Beijing. It is interesting to discover she was not "typical" Chinese, but special in as much as her maternal ancestors were the first to move to Central Asia, remained there for a long time, then probably moved East towards the Pacific coast within the last few thousand years.


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