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Black Man’s Lineage Traces Back 338K Years, Before Modern Humans Evolved

According to research, a NC man is carrying a Y chromosome that dates back 338,000 years ago when anatomically modern humans had not evolved.

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An African-American man in South Carolina has lineage tracing back 338,000 years, according to a new study. The unidentified man’s Y chromosomes — a hereditary factor determining male gender — has a history so old that it predates the age of the oldest known Homo sapiens fossils, according to the report published in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

The man’s chromosome carries a rare mutation, which researchers matched to a similar chromosome in the Mbo, a population living in a tiny area of western Cameroon in sub-Saharan Africa. “Our analysis indicates this lineage diverged from previously known Y chromosomes about 338,000 ago, a time when anatomically modern humans had not yet evolved,” Michael Hammer, associate professor at the Univ. of Arizona’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a research scientist at the UA’s Arizona Research Labs, said via a press release. “This pushes back the time the last common Y chromosome ancestor lived by almost 70 percent.”

The DNA study began after the South Carolina man submitted a small tissue sample to theNational Geographic Genographic Project. Researchers were shocked after they noticed none of the genetic markers used to assign lineages to known Y chromosome groupings were found. The man’s DNA sample was sent to Family Tree DNA for sequencing. Fernando Mendez, a postdoctoral researcher in Hammer’s lab, led the effort to analyze the DNA sequence. It included more than 240,000 base pairs of the Y chromosome. Searches through a huge database led to the Mbo connection.

The scientists were then able to estimate the emergence of the chromosome mutation based on rates of change, creating a sort of “family tree” for the chromosome. The discovery doesn’t necessarily mean that all humans descended from an ancestor living in western Cameroon. “It is a misconception that the genealogy of a single genetic region reflects population divergence,” Hammer explained. “Instead, our results suggest that there are pockets of genetically isolated communities that together preserve a great deal of human diversity.”

Hammer added that still “It is likely that other divergent lineages will be found, whether in Africa or among African-Americans in the U.S. and that some of these may further increase the age of the Y chromosome tree. There has been a lot of hype with people trying to trace their Y chromosome to different tribes, but this individual from South Carolina can say he did it.” The study has even further implications. It strengthens the belief that there is no “mitochondrial Eve” or “Y chromosome Adam.” All of humankind, as a result, did not descend from exactly one pair of humans that lived at a certain point in human evolution.

Maria Lloyd (@WritingsByMaria) is the Business Manager for the Your Black World Network. She is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University and an advocate of dismantling the prison industrial complex, increasing entrepreneurship, reforming education, and eradicating poverty.

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  5. In reading the comments as a result of the article, I felt like I was in one of our 1969 Black/White workshops. The anger we still hold about our enslavement is incredible. The Bible and Science are not enemies. Science has worked to make me more awed that we are products of an AWESOME being we call GOD. I do not see a conflict. My comfort being an African descendent(although, like others, mixed)is so cherished that I cannot be but proud for the burdens and lessons learned through the centuries. I learn my history on my own and feel proud to come from people who are so strong to preserve. I do not care who is called GOD’s special people. What does it have to do with me? I have GOD in my life everyday. I do not worry about white people. What do they have to do with the life I choose to live or what I believe in? I know the devil speaks through many mouths, so I seek only truths. By being guided by whites, I would be giving my power to them which I will not do. I do not care what they (whites) think of me. I only care what I think of myself! So should you!

    • which bible? Whose science?
      who are the ones that u claim to trust in? why do you think that the past 400 years of emminity mean nothing now?
      Fuzzy good feeelings….go on to sleep

  6. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions and beliefs. Me personally if I had to put a title on what I believe, I would have to say I’m Agnostic. I respect each individual’s beliefs or non beliefs. I usually don’t entertain religious/spiritual discussions because I feel either side can be a bit over zealous. There’s usually cursing, condemning, accusations, belittling, maybe even some name calling, bible verses being cherry picked and once in a while holy water or anointed oil tossed around. For someone like me that’s in the middle, it makes it real hard to have a conversation with anyone from either side (believers/non believers). It almost sounds juvenile sitting on the outside looking in. Jussayin

  7. The origin of the bible was written in hebrew and alot was left out of it whrn converted to english…bt do not disrespect the savior lord jesus by speaking so ignorantly,everyone has an opinion and debates are healthy bt do not dare tempt the lord o God with your rederick,ignorance,and lack of common sense

    • Yahwehist and Hebrews can not be the same right? Is Hebrew a language or an ethnic group of people? If so who were they before they became Hebrew?

  8. The guy is a living Homo-erectus .

  9. My DNA traces ancient society yet to be identified.

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  11. keepbothbarrelesload

    Thank You Brothas and Sistas…I really learned so much from reading your post. Best Ever! I hope you keep doing this more obtain. I like knowledge and truth.

  12. Ethiopia is the first Christian Country. Philip the apostle babtized a monk before the bible was even compiled.

  13. As I said before ” the bible is nothing but fables, old wives tales, and lies from the white man” Black people grow up, wise up think for your self. preachers talk about the bible all the time while going with your wife and stealing all the church money.

  14. Also I find it completely ridiculous for black people of all the people in the world to run around quoting some silly bible and calling yourselves Christians when Christianity and thus the bible was used as a tool to dehumanize, subjugate, and enslave you. The bible said it was perfectly fine to brutalize you because you were backward heathens who needed to be saved and that slavery was OK. Black folks are still suffering from the consequences of Christianity/bible to this day. Please arm yourselves with a real education.

  15. Black folks really need to get out of that silly book of fairy tales called the bible and focus on getting a genuine, legitimate education. In doing so you’d be taken more seriously and would be much more respected. Only the uneducated or individuals with very low intelligence believe in such silly superstitions. Get a real education. Knowledge truly is power.

  16. We all know the Bible has been tampered with many times.the last time by the catholic church.We as a black people need to learn our true HISTORY.WE have a proud histoy and we need to look for it.And realy learn it.Then and only then will God make good on the promised land he told Mosses he would give us.For one thing- we call him God and Lord false any thing can be a god or lord.you are worshoping a false GOD. How can Jesus be named Jesus the letter J was not in the Alphabet until the late 1600’s GOOGLE IT!!. Who do you think is reposalbe for the trans atlantic slave trade a chosen people can do that(I do not think so). Do you really think the Jew is the chosen people. it is in the Bible who the real chosen people are. Our Heavenly Father told us his name it is all in your bilbe but it is hidden and thats the way they planned it. When you have earned your histoy you will know how to read The Bible. so please do not get on here and keep saying prove it.Until you can prove it has not been tamped with.HAVE A NICE DAY AND REMEMBER YAH LOVES YOU HE IS WAITING FOR US, so he came MAKE GOOD ON WHAT HE PROMISED US!!!!!!!!!.

  17. All Praises, Honor, and Glory to Almighty God Yahweh.

    Beautiful black people in America / worldwide you do not know who you really are. Time for the world is short. Return to Covenant with Almighty God / learn who you are.

    The overwhelming vast majority of black people are psychologically sick regardless of education / income level because they do not know who they really are and have long been brainwashed programmed by white people / their lies, deception, / evil.

    Black people have made / are still making themselves far more ill via hundreds of years of 24/7 daily attempting to assimilate / be accepted / fit into white peoples’ culture / institutions / imperialistic evil greed, deceptive, lying, thieving, murdering, / perverse way of life.

    African-Americans and other black people do not know who they really are other than up from slavery in America / elsewhere. They do not know where in Africa from what countries their ancestors came from nor know any ancient or modern history of Africa.

    Black men / women should not ever date, mate, marry, nor procreate children with white people. It’s exactly what the white rich ruling class and other whites want you to do, which is why it’s been so heavily promoted. It’s a strategic tactic certainly not meant to help or empower the Black Race. Think! Stop being blind, dumb, / suckered by white America’s mainstream media reports, advertisements via magazines / newspapers / broadcast tv/radio, tv show programs / movies / plays.

    There is no “post-racial” America. This is another piece of garbage white America’ rich ruling class is heavily marketing. White Americans are still overwhelmingly racist / are also overwhelmingly America’ employers who’ve ignored / challenged / circumvented civil rights legislation still discriminating against blacks for many years now.

    For black people to marry / procreate children with whites is to ultimately work to help white race economic / military dominance preservation strategists / supremacists to well use / spread such confusion to especially further work against / to destroy African-Americans, among other blacks. Think!

    Research / learn exactly what numerous 1/2 black / white politicians, among others, nationwide have really done / not done professionally / personally pertaining to empowerment of the Black Race in America / Africa.

    Also, research blacks in America that whites have labeled the “black elite” / learn what highly effective / lethal tools, pimps, / puppets of rich white Jews / others within the rich ruling class they have long been / remain. These black puppets masquerade as advocates working to empower / help uplift the black oppressed, undereducated, and poor in America / Africa when their true motive always has been about jet-speeding up their career ambitions / notoriety / lining their own private bank accounts doing the bidding of rich whites. There’s one in the White House right now named POTUS Barack Obama.

    If white race economic / military dominance preservation strategists in America effectively influence enough African-Americans to marry / procreate children with whites, what are the consequences / repercussions of this for black people in America, Africa, / elsewhere / especially those who refuse to do so? Think!

    Peace!

  18. All Praises, Honor, and Glory to Almighty God Yahweh.

    Beautiful black people in America / worldwide you do not know who you really are. Time for the world is short. Return to Covenant with Almighty God / learn who you are.

    The overwhelming vast majority of black people are psychologically sick regardless of education / income level because they do not know who they really are and have long been brainwashed programmed by white people / their lies, deception, / evil.

    Black people have made / are still making themselves far more ill via hundreds of years of 24/7 daily attempting to assimilate / be accepted / fit into white peoples’ culture / institutions / imperialistic evil greed, deceptive, lying, thieving, murdering, / perverse way of life.

    African-Americans and other black people do not know who they really are other than up from slavery in America / elsewhere. They do not know where in Africa from what countries their ancestors came from nor know any ancient or modern history of Africa.

    Black men / women should not ever date, mate, marry, nor procreate children with white people. It’s exactly what the white rich ruling class and other whites want you to do, which is why it’s been so heavily promoted. It’s a strategic tactic certainly not meant to help or empower the Black Race. Think! Stop being blind, dumb, / suckered by white America’s mainstream media reports, advertisements via magazines / newspapers / broadcast tv/radio, tv show programs / movies / plays.

    There is no “post-racial” America. This is another piece of garbage white America’ rich ruling class is heavily marketing. White Americans are still overwhelmingly racist / are also overwhelmingly America’ employers who’ve ignored / challenged / circumvented civil rights legislation still discriminating against blacks for many years now.

    For black people to marry / procreate children with whites is to ultimately work to help white race economic / military dominance preservation strategists / supremacists to well use / spread such confusion to especially further work against / to destroy African-Americans, among other blacks. Think!

    Research / learn exactly what numerous 1/2 black / white politicians, among others, nationwide have really done / not done professionally / personally pertaining to empowerment of the Black Race in America / Africa.

    Also, research blacks in America that whites have labeled the “black elite” / learn what highly effective / lethal tools, pimps, / puppets of rich white Jews / others within the rich ruling class they have long been / remain. These black puppets masquerade as advocates working to empower / help uplift the black oppressed, undereducated, and poor in America / Africa when their true motive always has been about jet-speeding up their career ambitions / notoriety / lining their own private bank accounts doing the bidding of rich whites. There’s one in the White House right now named POTUS Barack Obama.

    If white race economic / military dominance preservation strategists in America effectively influence enough African-Americans to marry / procreate children with whites, what are the consequences / repercussions of this for black people in America, Africa, / elsewhere / especially those who refuse to do so? Think!

    Peace!

  19. Let’s not get so caught up in the pride of being the first on the planet that we fail to understand our journey. Search Deuteronomy and Leviticus and you will see the past, present and future–along with the reason for our fall. The Caucasian is is only an instrument applied by The Creator to carry out His plan because we were in manifest error, pride and disobedience. We bought our plight upon ourselves and we are the solution to our own problems. He who has ears, let him hear. He that has eyes, let him see. The only thing that makes one man superior to another is his closeness to God.

  20. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that The Black man has no birth record,so I’m not surprised at this finding he also teaches us that the Adam In the Bible Is the Caucasian race and not us “so-called African Americans. I suggest reading Message to the Blackman In America

  21. I have just have my genes sequenced. There is something liberating about finding your family tree and knowing where you Really came from. In my case it is is Nubia Egypt on my paternal Y(E) and maternal(L0)mtDNA sides.I have met other Africans of my gene matching pool and it is an awesome experience to find extended family. We truly are living the past into the future. With this powerful knowledge we should come into our own mind and rule our emotions into balance (Maat),as we strive to KNOW THYSELF.

    Hotep

    NANA (North AfRaKan North AmenRaKan)

    • Could you provide the name of the lab? I would love to do this as well.

      • @Regina

        Go to AfricanAncestry.com to have your DNA tested. It costs $250 EACH for Maternal and Paternal tracing.

        I had mine done and found that mine is Cameroon and Gabon (in addition to the European and Native American that I had done earlier).

  22. have you ever wondered why white racist keep picking on us? .IT IS BECAUSE
    IN THERE RESEARCH THEY KEEP FINDING OUT THAT THEY CAME FROM US
    AND THEY ARE MUTANT WHICH BRINGS THEM TO JEALOUSY.HAVE YOU EVER
    HAD A PERSON IN YOUR LIFE THAT JUST STARTED PICKING FOR NO
    APPARENT REASON KNOWN TO YOU.ITS BASED ON JEALOUSY,THE IDEA
    THAT THEY THINK YOUR WEAK,AND FEEL AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE YOU
    FEEL BAD TO MAKE THEMSELVES FEEL GOOD TO REPLACE THE JEALOUSY
    WITH HATE,DESPITE.

  23. Alpha and Omega.

  24. God is Black!

  25. Read the bible for yourself carefully. If you did you notice that in chap1:25-27. It says “Lets us make man in our image and he created man an woman and said be fruitful and multiply.” If you go to chapter 2 it says “Let me make man in my image and he gathered dust from the earth from the Garden of and he formed man and blew into his lungs the breath of life.” The difference between the two is now and should be obvious. There was a population of humans before Adam and Eve were created. The difference was they were made from the dirt from the Garden of Eden. Proof of a population before them was from their son Cain who said after he killed his brother..They will kill me. Why? Not because he killed his brother but because he was the son of Adam and Eve who now had ruined life for all humans.

  26. ALL THEY CAN SAY ABOUT THE BLACK MAN IS THAT HE WAS HE IS AND HE SHALL BE! BEFORE HIM THERE WERE NONE AND AFTER HIM THERE SHALL BE NO MORE!

  27. Who didn’t know this already except someone who paid know attention in middle school!

    So if we are so great why do you think we blame the white man for every little thing which does not seem right in our community.

    It’s also a known fact, humans as a specie collapsed on at least 3 different occasions where there were less than 100 thousand individuals remaining. That is also the reason their are no pure race people!

  28. Europeans said that so called Dread locks looked dreadful. That is how you get the so called dreadlocks.They said that they knot up, so you get knotty dead locks.You see how they look like the lion’s mane. The King od beasts.England rules by the lion simbal. There are no lions in England. They are in Africa.The biggest diamond ever found “The Colinan” is in the queen of England’s crown.Stollen from Africa.The stone of Scoon on which the patriach Jocob allegedly rested his head when he supposedly saw a ladder going up to heaven is under the coronation chair in Westminster Abbey.I know it is there because I saw it.You better be so glad you Black African.Power. Amantla.

  29. This is not surprising to me because The oldest archialogical site was found in North Carolina. This is the oldest in North America.It was found by Dr. Albert Goodyear. He has been a professor at the University of North Carolina since 1974.The radio carbon dates reported after tests reported by the University of California at Irvine laboratory were widely viewed as unimpeachable.The site is 51,000 years old.North Carolinia has been one of America’s largest slave states.Stop pressing and perming your beautiful live hair to get the European dead one.Start there.African forever.

  30. I told you how great you are.If you were not so great they would not bother with you so much.Everybody is after you becaose you are so great.Only you who does not know it ,and they are not telling you.There was a burglary in a house and they touched everything else but the books.Read until you look like a book and you will find out so much about yourself, that you will walk tall and cast a long shaddow.Read Doctor Brother Imhotep’s book. ” The first Americans Were Africans.”The European scientists have traced the ” Y ” chromosome all the way back to the Koisans in the Kalahary in mother Africa.This is all people in the world.This is in the book ” The Jopurney of man”.The Author is Spencer Wells.I am Black African. I am crazy about it. I want to be always Black African.If you are not Black African, try to be. If you can.

  31. Of course this was discovered in a BLACK man! We were the first people here and will be here after everybody else is gone. Don’t fall for those awful PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUCNEMENTS, that spout that Blacks have more this and that illness than everyone else on the planet- DON’T YOU BELIEVE IT FOR A SECOND! Do you ever wonder, WHY are they ALWAYS spouting something negative about our physiology and health. Do you think it’s becuase the white man cares for Black’s so much that they spend so much of their research dollars on our health needs? NO! It’s to incrementally chip away at our sense of self confidence, strength and self esteem – if you continually hear it – AND WE ALWAYS DO – then we’ll eventually start to believe we are inferior! That is what they want!My brothers and sisters – WE CERTAINLY ARE NOT INFERIOR AND THAT’S WHAT SCARES THEM! WE ARE GREAT! REMEMBER THAT!

    • @ Haile It’s called “The Journey Of Man.” You can watch it on PBS.

      @Shawn EXCELLENT POST! You are SO right!

  32. “An African American Man in North Carolina …”? The article says, “The DNA study began after the South Carolina man ….” I’ll go by what’s in the article.

  33. Its Insane To Believe In God, & Jesus Period…Especially Considering The Fact That Not One Culture That Predates Sumeria Believed In God. The Concept Of A God Deity Was Created In Sumeria For Its Citizens That Had No Understanding Of The Science Of The Universe.

  34. Jamar, By All Means Prove It. I Know You Cant, In Fact, After You Fail I'll Give You The Real Truth. You Are An Embarrassment To Your Culture Believing That Spookism.

  35. So True.

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