Africans are believed to have more genetic variation than anyone else on Earth. According to scientists and an online edition of the journal Science humans originated in Africa and the most is likely to be on the South African-Namibian border.

San people, hunter-gatherers in this area for thousands of years, researchers believe San people are the oldest human population on Earth.

The San were also known as ‘Bushmen’, a term used by the European Colonists that is now considered derogatory.

The San populated South Africa long before the arrival of the Bantu-speaking nations, and thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans.

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Africans are believed to have more genetic variation than anyone else on Earth.


Studies also confirms that three-fourths of African-Americans can trace their ancestry to West Africa.

The San people are also known as ABATHWA an indigenous people of Southern Africa, ”related to the KhoeKhoe ( KhoiKhoi), their territories span Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

They San people are the oldest inhabitants of Africa and Southern Africa where they have lived for at least 20,000 years. Their home is in the vast expanse of the Kalahari desert.”

Studies shows that, the San carry some of the divergent (Oldest) human Y chromosome haplogroups ( type A).

Most researcher are of the opinion that “Everybody’s history is part of African history because everybody came out of Africa,”

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According to the mitochondrial DNA studies, it provides evidence that the San carry high frequencies of the earliest haplogroup branches in the human mitochondrial DNA tree, and this is inherited from one’s mother.
Recent analysis suggests that, the San may have been isolated from it’s original ancestors for as much as 100,000 years and later rejoined are integrating the human gene pool.
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There are an estimated 2,000 distinct language groups in Africa broken into a few broad categories, often but not always following gene flow. Movement of a language usually involves arrival of new people,

After her trip to Africa,  lead researcher Sarah Tishkoff said ”The so-called “Cape colored” population of South Africa has the highest levels of mixed ancestry on the globe, a blend of African, European, East Asian and South Asian…

Visiting Africa soon? Why not visit South African-Namibian border and learn more about the Oldest Population of Humans On Earth…

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