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Probing the deep genetic structure of Africa

DNA research from human populations thought to be uncontactable or extinct helps probe the deep genetic structure of Africa

Using ancestry decomposition techniques an international research team from the University of Bern in Switzerland, the University of Porto in Portugal and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany has revealed a deeply divergent ancestry among admixed populations from the Angolan Namib desert. This unique genetic heritage brings the researchers closer to understanding the distribution of genetic variation in the broader region of southern Africa before the spread of food production.

© Sandra Oliveira