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Volume 5, Issue 1
Darwin's great-great-grandson, Chris Darwin, examines his Genographic results.
Photo by Patrick Riviere

Discovering the Origins of Charles Darwin
Today, 200 years after his birth, DNA technology has helped determine who Darwin's ancient ancestors were.

Charles Darwin's great–great–grandson, Chris Darwin, 48, participated in the Genographic Project to analyze his Y chromosome. According to Genographic Project research, Darwin's deep ancestry shows his ancestors left Africa around 45,000 years ago. Read more to find out if you share the same haplogroup as Darwin.

See photos from the reveal of Darwin's DNA.

 
The Genographic Project team gathers in Sydney, Australia, for the scientific conference.
Photo by Patrick Riviere
Genographic Conference in Sydney, Australia
More than 50 international Genographic team members gathered in Sydney, Australia, for the project's scientific conference in the first week of February. Coming from more than a dozen different countries, the Genographic Consortium and team members engaged in valuable discussion, updating their colleagues on their latest findings and forming future collaborations. Learn more about the conference and about the scientists' visit to the residence of Australia's governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir, AC, CVO.
 
Genographic Project postdoc Oleg Balanovsky explains the Genographic Project to a local community member while on expedition to Tajikistan.
Photo by David Evans
Frequently Asked Question
Q: How long will Genographic Project research continue?

A: The Genographic Project was launched in 2005 initially as a five year project; however, our research centers will continue their field work and analysis through 2011. We anticipate that publications from the analyses of the data will continue for several years into the future. Because of the enthusiastic response from the general public, the public participation component of the Project continues to be active as well. Genographic Public Participation Kits are available for members of the public to purchase and participate in the Project, and results continue to be available online.
 
Port Allegany biology student updates his travel blog.
Photo by Kelly Shuey
From the Classroom
Students at Port Allegany High School in northern Pennsylvania are following the footsteps of human migration through a travel blog. While maintaining a budget and making mock travel arrangements, the honors biology class is following the same path that Spencer Wells took around the world in his first documentary, Journey of Man. The students have already visited the San Bushmen in South Africa and the Aborigines of Australia. Learn more about the students' adventures and where their blog will take them next as they discover the origins of humanity.
 
Students from the Minyak community in Tibet learn their native language with the reading materials created by the Kham Aid Foundation and funded by the Genographic Legacy Fund. Photo by Kham Aid Foundation
 
Did You Know?
The Genographic Legacy Fund recently awarded six grants to projects ranging from creating teaching materials to revitalize a Native American language by recording its last native speaker, to promoting and preserving traditional ethnoveterinary practices in Cameroon. Sales of Genographic Project Public Participation Kits directly fund support of community-led projects like these.
You can read migration stories submitted by Genographic participants on our website. We invite you to share your experience.
More than 350,000 people have participated in the Genographic Project by purchasing a Genographic Project Public Participation Kit.
 
New NG Book
Meeting the Family, by Donovan Webster
with a foreword by Spencer Wells

Following the migration route mapped out by his Genographic Project Kit results, award-winning author Webster embarks on an epic journey through three continents and thousands of years of history to meet members of his ancestral human family. Learn more.

Plan ahead for your Mother's Day or Father's Day gift. Save 20% off the retail price when you preorder your copy on the NGS website. Available in stores April 20, 2010.
 
What's New?
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In the News
Sydney Morning Herald — Darwin Out of Africa as DNA Project Charts Migration (video included)

The Australian — Darwin Proves Darwin Was Right

El origen africano de Darwin (for our Spanish readers)
Support the Project
Your tax-deductible donation can help us answer key questions about our shared deep ancestry and humanity's 60,000-year odyssey around the globe.
 
 
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