Migration Patterns of Early Humans
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Press Release: Regardless of race, nationality or religion, all of us can trace our ancient origin back to the cradle of humanity, East Africa. But that was 60,000 years ago. What did our collective journey look like, and where did it take your specific ancestors during that time - At what point in our past did we first cross paths with the supposed strangers living in our neighborhood – Now science helps shed light on these very questions with a bold experiment: On a single day on a single street, with the DNA of just a couple of hundred random people, National Geographic Channel sets out to trace the ancestral footsteps of all humanity, and reveal through this diverse community just how interconnected we really are.
Narrated by renowned actor, musician and philanthropist Kevin Bacon, who is the subject of a pop culture trivia game based on the concept of “six degrees of separation,” on Sunday, August 30, 2009, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, National Geographic Channel (NGC)’s The Human Family Tree travels to one of the most diverse corners of the world – Queens, N.Y. – to demonstrate how we all share common ancestors who embarked on very different journeys. In this quintessential melting pot, approximately half of the 2.2 million Queens residents come from foreign shores, and more than 150 languages are spoken. Now, in The Human Family Tree, they’ll find out that connections go much deeper than a ZIP code, and their differences may only be skin-deep.
Source: National Geographic