Humans Have Always Been on the Move
People have been moving for as long as we have traces of humans on the planet.
Scientists believe that all humans come from a common ancestral background in East Africa around 250,000 years ago. Waves of movement from this region began shortly after the emergence of our species.
Many types of experts study human migration, including anthropologists, archaeologists, geneticists, historians, sociologists, linguists, and folklorists. Their work helps us understand when, how, and why people have moved throughout history. But there are still many unanswered questions, and new evidence continues to change what we thought we knew.
One Small Step for Humans, One Giant Leap for Humankind
Evolutionary anthropologists believe that humans took the first steps out of East Africa as early as 250,000 years ago. Archaeologists have found human remains and tools at Misliya cave in Israel that date to at least 200,000 years ago.
Will a DNA test tell me where I’m from?
DNA tests compare your DNA to the DNA of other people with known ancestries. They can tell you who you’re related to. But they can’t necessarily tell you what countries your ancestors came from or teach you about your family history and cultural traditions.