A, A0, & A00
research continues! Matthew Fomine Forka will soon be collecting new samples in diverse ethnic communities in Cameroon, in order to
learn more about the most ancient human Y chromosome lineage, A00.
We begin July 2015.
DNA sample collecting in Cameroon portrayed on PBS' "First Peoples"
program was only a depiction staged for the sake of TV filming -- not
the actual sampling for our study. It took ages to get through the
many steps involved in getting ethical approval from Cameroonian
bioethicists. But we finally made it! Our first field trip is now about to begin.
Diagram of Perry sample in relation to African A00 Samples tested by
FTDNA and SMGF
made with the
SplitsTree4 program, using 38 markers that all haplotypes had in common. Other haplogroups were used
as outgroups (not shown). Njungo and Fontem
are the names of communities in the Southwest Region of Cameroon where these samples were collected. Two samples collected
in Mamfe and Mbetta are noted in parentheses. Some slightly different
tree outcomes grouped Perry with the Tabi and Techoukwi samples.
The people of Fontem belong
to the Bangwa ethnic group who speak Ngwe, and the people of Njungo speak the Nkongho language considered related to the Mbo language family; both use English as their main second
language (thus being Anglophone Cameroonians).
of the A Phylogenetic Tree
This shows all the new branches added to the human family tree by
our research project which sequenced several different African-American members of the A
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