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L3e5 and African Americans

Afternoon, first time poster here. 23andMe classified me as haplogroup L3e5 (verified when my aunt, mom's sister, was tested thru FTDNA and was typed L3e5 also). According to 23 and Me they claim the following:

Unlike other branches of L3e that are spread out across western
Africa and among African-Americans, L3e5 is considerably more
isolated. It is normally found only in the Chad Basin, the area
surrounding Lake Chad and encompassing the borders of Niger,
Nigeria, Chad, and Cameroon in western central Africa. L3e5
originated about 11,500 years ago in this region, and for the most
part it has stayed put ever since.
Nearly 40% of the Fali, an indigenous tribe of 23,000 living in
northern Cameroon, belong to haplogroup L3e5. This haplogroup
has never been found among African-Americans, however, which
suggests that unlike other areas of western and central Africa the
Chad Basin probably was not plundered by slave traders.

Of course sine I am an African American, that last section makes no sense. I was hoping to get some insight here about L3e5 in America.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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