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Reply to "DNA Used to Trace African Lineage..."

Originally posted by Vox:

Because your mother's mother's mother's mother's mother would be one of your great-great-great-grandparents. That means she is only one person out of the 32 great-great-great-grandparents you have.

Okay... that makes complete sense as a proportion...

I can understand fractions (Virtue says duh to self)


that is only if you're comparing each mother to the potential other mothers.....

I guess I'm asking why does there have to be a comparison made? My great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother still carries an identifiable gene (remember Lucy???) that represents me in some fashion...

it survived, and there's a lot of information packed in....

isn't this worth it?

ummm... feeling a bit vulnerable here in unfamiliar territory, so excuse me if my thinking is too simplistic....

so go reeeeeealll sllllooooooowwwww in your explanation, please... Smile