Success!  Matthew has returned from his first, extended field trip to  Mbo and Bangwa (Nweh) villages.  He brought 204 samples back to Yaounde, along with the corresponding consent forms and data about each donor.  The samples have now reached the YSEQ lab in Berlin, where many tests are being carried out by Astrid and Thomas Krahn.

The first two batches have given us a total of twenty members of A00!  Seventeen are Bangwa and three are Mbo. There is still another batch to go.  Preliminary SNP testing shows diversity among these A00 samples already.

Another trip, to the Bamileke people, is planned for this fall.  This will allow us to find out whether the A00 found among the Bangwa was brought with them from the Bamileke, or was among  indigenous people living in the hills of Lebialem when the Bangwa founders arrived.

We hope to discover greater diversity in the A00 from other parts of Cameroon. Our most ambitious trips are still to come. One will visit the western regions toward the Cross River Valley, home to the Banyangi and Ejagham peoples. In the other, Matthew will seek out the communities of the Pygmy peoples in the South and East of Cameroon.

In order to fulfill these dreams, we'll be needing your ongoing support. A new fundraiser will soon be launched, but until then, we will gratefully accept your contributions at the Ancient Roots Research PayPal page:

  • Tree Diagram of Perry sample in relation to African A00 Samples tested by FTDNA and SMGF
    This Neighbor-Joining Tree was made with the SplitsTree4 program, using 38 markers that all haplotypes had in common. Other haplogroups were used as outgroups (not shown). Njungo and Fontem are the names of communities in the Southwest Region of Cameroon where these samples were collected. Two samples collected in Mamfe and Mbetta are noted in parentheses. Some slightly different tree outcomes grouped Perry with the Tabi and Techoukwi samples.
The people of Fontem belong to the Bangwa ethnic group who speak Ngwe, and the people of Njungo and Mbetta speak the Nkongho language considered related to the Mbo language family; both use English as their main second language (thus being Anglophone Cameroonians). 
  • Simplified  Diagram of the A Phylogenetic Tree
    This shows all the new branches added to the human family tree by our research project which sequenced several different African-American members of the A Haplogroup Project.
  • Blog posts telling the story, with commentaries:

Bonnie Schrack | Ancient Roots Research | September 28 2015