Y-HAPLOGROUPS A, A0, & A00
Our A00 Cameroon Research Project is meant to discover the distribution of A00 and its diversity. Matthew Fomine Forka, a doctoral candidate at the U. of Yaounde 1, is traveling to a number of regions of Cameroon to gather DNA samples from a variety of ethnic groups. On his first field trip, to Mbo and Bangwa (Nweh) villages, he collected 204 samples. Astrid and Thomas Krahn's YSEQ lab has found that a total of 35 of them belong to A00! That means that of the 177 samples that have clear results, 19.77% are A00.
Matthew has just returned from his second field trip, sampling the Bamileke people, as well as some different Bangwa villages, to the north and south of their central Fontem area. This will give us evidence to see whether the A00 found among the Bangwa was shared with the Bamileke, and brought with the Bangwa founders to Lebialem, or was only present among the indigenous people, who in Bangwa legends are known as the Beketche, who were living in the hills of Lebialem when the Bangwa founders arrived.
We hope to discover greater diversity in the A00 from other parts of Cameroon. Our most ambitious trips are still to come. One will visit villages of the Banyangi and Ejagham peoples, in the western regions toward the Cross River Valley, closer to Nigeria. In the other trip, Matthew will seek out the communities of the Baka, Bakola (Gyele) and Bedzan forest peoples in the South and East of Cameroon.
In order to fulfill these dreams, we'll be needing your ongoing support. A new fundraiser will soon be launched, but until then, we will gratefully accept your contributions at the Ancient Roots Research PayPal page: