Your DNA Can Teach Us About Ancient History

Earlier this year, researchers from Oxford University published a study showing how the slave trade and colonization shaped the genetics of North and South America.

Analyzing more than 4,000 DNA samples from across both continents, as well as Europe and Africa, they were able to detect patterns in line with what historians knew about migrations across the Atlantic.

Source: What Your DNA Says About Medieval History

I’d like to know who was slumming around with the Neanderthals. Do you think the cave ladies got tired of their uptight cavemen? Maybe the cavemen partied with Neanderthal hotties!

It’s research like this that has allowed us to determine when Y-chromosomal Adam existed, and that a handful of Bronze age men could have fathered 2/3rds of the European population.