• Our research continues!  New samples will be collected in Cameroon, to learn more about the most ancient human Y chromosome lineage, A00.  We hope to begin in July, 2015. 
    The DNA sample collecting in Cameroon portrayed on PBS' "First Peoples" program was only a depiction staged for the sake of the TV filming, not the actual sampling for our study! We have been slogging through the many steps involved in getting ethical approval from Cameroonian bioethicists.  We believe it's now only days away. Keep your fingers crossed --  if all goes as we hope, our first actual field trip will begin in early July of this year!
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 Cameroonwhere 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 (See http://www.ethnologue.com/language/nwe), and the people of Njungo speak the Nkongho language (See http://www.ethnologue.com/language/nkc) 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 African-American members of the A Haplogroup Project. 
  • Blog postings:
  • FTDNA Conference Presentation (slides from 2012): 
'In Search of the Root: Discovery of a 'Highly Divergent Y Chromosome Lineage'
Be sure to read the  Speaking Notes for the Slides

Ancient Roots Research June 2015