04/08/2013 07:45 am ET

Human Evolution & Migration: National Geographic's Genographic Project Tells Our Story (VIDEO)

Our human lineage is not actually linear. In fact, it's more of a branching tree, telling the story of our origins in Africa and our migrations throughout the world. National Geographic's not-for-profit Genographic Project aims to trace and connect each of our individuals branches to answer questions about how human beings became so genetically diverse.

But how can we peer so far back in history? By looking at our DNA. In fact, DNA analysis can reveal specific markers that tell the rich story of our ancestral migration patters. It can even inform us about our mixed Neanderthal origins.

I recently took part in the Genographic initiative, and spoke with geneticist Dr. Spencer Wells, the project's director, about my lineage.

This is my story.

Watch the video above, and/or click the link below for a full transcript. And don't forget to sound off in the comments section at the bottom of the page. Come on, talk nerdy to me!


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