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I’ll be away from my desk for another week or so yet, but in the meantime here’s a quick heads-up to a programme airing in the US on the _MG_1913National Geographic Channel, on Sunday August 30th at 9 pm ET/PT, of which this is a brief description from NGC:

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. Narrated by Kevin Bacon, 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. Regardless of race, nationality or religion, all of us can trace our ancient origin back to the cradle of humanity, East Africa. What did our collective journey look like, and where did it take your specific ancestors? At what point in our past did we first cross paths with the supposed strangers living in our neighborhood? Now, in The Human Family Tree, the people of this quintessential American melting pot find out that their connections go much deeper than a common ZIP code.

There’s a video teaser, “Human Family Tree – Preview” – By studying the DNA of random people on a New York street, scientists prove we are all cousins in the family of man, and another video clip offers an insight into the origins of the First Americans.

Mention too is made to the Hadzabe tribe of Tanzania, as we see from this:

Hollowed Baobab tree trunks are traditionally used as places where Hadzabe give birth. The Hadzabe, who live about 15-hundred miles north of the San near Tanzania’s Serengeti, represent one of the first branches in the human family tree. They split from the founding population (the San) around 150,000 years ago. Today the Hadzabe are one of the last groups of hunter-gatherers on Earth.

The image at top depicts just such a Baobab tree. (photo credit © NGT/Chad Cohen).

Moreover, there are many other features at the dedicated site, whereby readers can:

* Meet the participants featured in Human Family Tree.     * Meet Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project.     * Learn more about the Genographic Project, and get the latest updates from the Project Team.     * Check out the Time Line of Human Migration and interact with the Atlas of the Human Journey.     * Get the facts about our ancient ancestors.

As I’m blogging this via an internet cafe, I haven’t the time or battery life right now to check out all these features, but I hope nevertheless they will be of interest to all online, and hopefully the programme itself, airing only in the US, will become available in Europe at some later date.

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