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The National Geographic unveiled the next phase of its Genographic Project, which aims to use DNA to map the history of human migration.
A study by The Genographic Project has found that the majority of all known ethnic Afghans share a unique genetic heritage derived from a common ancestral population that most likely emerged during the Neolithic revolution and the formation of early farming communities.
The Genographic Project announced today the most comprehensive analysis to date of Basque genetic patterns, showing that Basque genetic uniqueness predates the arrival of agriculture in the Iberian Peninsula some 7,000 years ago.
The father of evolution, Charles Darwin, who hypothesized that all humans evolved from common ancestors, was a direct descendant of the Cro-Magnon people.
An extensive genetic study released Thursday said that humans may have narrowly escaped extinction brought on by a drought some 70,000 years ago, after which the entire population was reduced to small isolated groups in Africa.
Researchers are aiming to learn more about how the Earth was populated by collecting and analyzing genetic samples from 100,000 people around the globe.
- A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.