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Re: African Ancestry Results
In Response To: African Ancestry Results ()

My matrilineal DNA results:

98.8% match with the Masa and Mafa in present-day Cameroon. My mother was Jamaican-Cuban. Her mother was from the town of Banes in Oriente Province, Cuba. While I know her gramdmother's name I don't know where she was from.

Have been doing a lot of reading on the Mafa, in particular, who are mountain people. One study reported in the Sep-Oct 2004 issue of the Annals of Human Biology revealed linguistic and genetic affinities of the Mafa and others with East Africa: "... Chadic-speaking groups of northern Cameroon share more similarities with the populations of the Upper and Middle Nile Valley and East Africa than with populations from Central Africa." Interesting.

Have to keep in mind, however, that these mtDNA results only show about 1% of my total ancestry. Still, it's very exciting stuff.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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