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My Biogeographical Admixture Results

Received the results of my admixture test from AncestrybyDNA last week:

Sub-Saharan African: 51%
European: 42%
Native-American: 5%
East Asian: 2%

Very interesting. But, just as with Dad's previously reported results (SSA 42%, Eur 47%, EA 9%, NA 0%), my results raise more questions. I had expected to see a larger EA percentage reflecting my mother's ancestry. Mom was of Jamaican-Cuban extraction and both she and her brother exhibited some Asian characteristics (which is pretty common in the Caribbean) as does one of my sisters. They were/is often mistaken for Chinese, Thai, Filipino, Hawaiian, etc. Even I have been called a Filipina once too many times and a friend once wrote me from Bangkok, "...all your people are here." So, there's something there but if my DNA results are to be relied upon, apparently their appearance wasn't due to an EA genotype at all. Hmmmm. Strange.

Another mystery surrounds Dad's missing NA heritage which is family lore but still undocumented. His DNA shows no NA ancestry at all . . . unless, of course, his EA results (where did that come from?) are really NA. This is possible because I understand from Toot and others that it is somewhat difficult to distinguish between the two.

But then NA shows up in my results. Either this is from Dad, confirming what we've long-suspected, or it is Amerind from Mom's side, which might explain her (and her brother's and daughter's) Asian phenotype mentioned earlier since NA and EA are so close, genotypically speaking.

Still waiting for my matriclan test results and for Dad's patriclan and matriclan tests from African Ancestry. I'm pretty sure that his Y will show no African ancestry (or just a trace) but I can't wait to see where his mother's line originated. Ditto mine since my maternal grandmother was from an area of Cuba where there a great deal of admixture between the native Indians, Europeans and African slaves. Er, that would've made her a typical Caribbean Hispanic, wouldn't it?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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