Europeans Returned to Africa 3,000 Years Ago, Tribal DNA Reveals

Daily Mail (London), February 4, 2014

When humans first left Africa some 60,000 years ago, they went on to leave their genetic footprints around the world.

These same footprints have revealed that some humans decided to return to Africa, carrying genes from the rest of the world back to the continent.

Now a new study of southern African genes reveals that a previously unknown migration took western Eurasian DNA back to continent 3,000 years ago.

Writing in the New Scientist, Catherine Brahic reports on a study that looked at the DNA of Khoisan tribes of southern Africa.

The Khoisan tribes are thought to have lived in near-isolation from the rest of humanity for thousands of years.

The study by Harvard University revealed that some of their genes closely match people from modern-day southern Europe, including Spain and Italy.

Researchers have now identified two migrations: One about 3,000 years ago, of non-Africans entering east Africa, and a second one 900–1,800 years ago.

‘These are very special, isolated populations, carrying what are probably the most ancient lineages in human populations today,’ David Reich of Harvard University told New Scientist.

Dating methods suggest the European DNA made their way into the Khoisan DNA sometime between 900 and 1,800 years ago, before known European contact with the region.

Meanwhile, archaeological studies of the region suggest that a subset of the Khoisan, known as the Khoe-Kwadi speakers, arrived in southern Africa from east Africa much earlier.

Professor Reich found that the proportion of Eurasian DNA was highest in Khoe-Kwadi tribes, who have up to 14 per cent of western Eurasian ancestry.

‘These populations were always thought to be pristine hunter-gatherers who had not interacted with anyone for millennia,’ added Professor Reich’s collaborator, linguist Brigitte Pakendorf.

‘Well, no. Just like the rest of the world, Africa had population movements too. There was simply no writing, no Romans or Greeks to document it.’

It is uncertain why humans first left Africa, but researchers believe it has something to do with major climatic shifts that were happening around that time.

The recent research confirms a 2012 study by Luca Pagani of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute which found non-African genes in people living in Ethiopia.

They found that the genomes of some Ethiopian populations bear striking similarities to those of populations in Israel and Syria, a potential genetic legacy of the Queen of Sheba and her companions.

The team detected mixing between some Ethiopians and non-African populations dating to approximately 3,000 years ago.

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  • NeanderthalDNA

    Oh this is good. Perhaps old “racist” theories of the different natures of east vs. west African peoples are not so…”racist”.
    The Bantu may well be a recent evolutionary development. Not a good one though. Gaia’s vengeance?

    • Erasmus

      Meanwhile here in the good old USA our “leaders” are creating an environment that favors the development of a new low-IQ, highly dependent, lazy variety of human being.

      • Wolf

        Like the POTUS!

      • Einsatzgrenadier

        I believe you’re referring to the new multicultural citizen of the future, the so-called UNESCO “brown man”. He’s raceless, classless, and without a national identity, but docile enough to do whatever the NWO says.

      • John Smith

        I call “BS”

        Race is a social construct.

        I have been cussed out and told this by so many so called anti-racists and anti-whites that it must be true.

        Maybe I am imagining a genocide against my people too.

        • NeanderthalDNA

          Some poor primitive Whites made a real wrong turn it appears…

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    Soon the ability to make designer babies via genetic mods will become common. It could even get to the ability of an adult to gradually change their appearance over time (Michael Jackson) by tampering with dna replication mechanisms as cell turnover occurs. The rise of a future genetically enhanced class has already been discussed as a likely future by the Futurists (website). These things will eventually make race pretty irrelevant while making class more consequential (the wealthy will be able to afford enhancements). This means that ancestry, actual heritage will count far more than what someone looks like. This is one of many reason why ancestry is the only useful religion for whites.

    • Rhialto

      Designer babies? Perhaps, perhaps not! I don’t know, but I do know that much new technology that was supposed to be available in the near future never happened. Some examples are helicopters replacing automobiles, a drug that would cure/provide immunity to all cancers, fusion power generating cheap and clean electricity,

      The only threats to America were nuclear warfare, and the refusal of Catholics to practice birth control

      I remember the good old days!

  • Erasmus

    The return of Europeans to Africa 3,000 years ago is why the mean African IQ is 70, instead of 50. They should be grateful.

  • Spartacus

    “There was simply no writing, no Romans or Greeks to document it.”


    I wonder why…

  • Alfred the Great

    The Adamites did not come out of Africa, but some of them did venture to the southwest from Asia Minor. However, many of them were apparently absorbed into some of the African tribes, which yielded some of the variations among the African tribes. I find it interesting that the study dates this contact to about 3,000 years ago. Wasn’t that about the time of the flood? Also, the writer’s comment about the Queen of Sheba is unfounded.

    • Bantu_Education

      Biblical chronology would put the flood at around 2600 BC or somewhat earlier.

  • Spartacus

    “It is uncertain why humans first left Africa…”


    White flight .

    • 1stworlder

      They moved to the crime free neighborhoods even back then.

      • Sick of it

        Back then if an enemy population became too much of a threat, they were often wiped out of existence (or close enough as to not matter). Today, we don’t even politely request that they leave OUR countries. I favor a happy medium.

    • Tarczan

      You beat me to it.

  • Truth Teller

    Looks like these researchers also believe in the myth of Solomon and Sheba. If they believe that fairy tale, they will believe anything. 3,000 years ago was only 300 years before the founding of Rome and when Greece was in its glory, not so long ago.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      Actually, exactly 3000 years ago Greece was still in its “Dark Ages” following the Late Bronze Age Collapse (which destroyed Mycenaean civilization, Hittite civilization, Canaanite civilization, and the Egyptian New Kingdom).
      The palace economies of Mycenaean Greece collapsed along with the population, and writing all but disappeared (until it reemerged a few centuries later with the works of Homer and Hesiod, who were writing with a new alphabet descended from Aramaic).
      The Philistines of the Old Testament (known as the Sea Peoples to the Egyptians) appeared in Canaan and Egypt at around this time and were probably Mycenaean Greeks and Phrygians fleeing their own impoverished lands.
      They raided and settled everywhere along the Eastern Mediterranean, and it isn’t so great a stretch to assume that some made their way to East Africa.

    • Andy

      There is a good amount of evidence to suggest that the Amhara of Ethiopia are partly descended from the Sabaeans of the Arabian Peninsula. A “Queen of Sheba” may well have come to the area. Old myths often preserve real knowledge.

  • antiquesunlight

    I wish Africans would return to Africa.

  • bigone4u

    Don’t tell the mud hut dwelling goatherders about this study or they’ll be claiming that the tribe owns Italy and Spain. I would prefer that this study’s results resulted from errors because if it’s true our ancestors were oil drillers and mudsharks. Ugh.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Well probably Frenchmen which really is par for the course.

    • Spartacus

      “I would prefer that this study’s results resulted from errors because if
      it’s true our ancestors were oil drillers and mudsharks. Ugh.”


      Or maybe they just took a wrong turn…

  • BaronBaal

    That doesn’t mean that Europeans migrated there in any meaningful numbers. What most likely happened is that a group of Phoenicians opened up a small trading post there and some of the Phoenician men took black African women as wives. It is basic, common knowledge that the Phoenicians were a maritime people who traded throughout the Mediterranean, Southern Europe (they even mined tin from Britain), northern Africa, east Africa, and they are even alleged to have mined copper from the Great Lakes region what is now the US/Canada, so that is the most likely explanation as to why some of these black Africans have European (Southern European) genes.

  • Sick of it

    Huh, so they’ve used genetics to prove what historians have known for centuries? Not sure that their description of the ancestral populations is adequate, but they are related lines.

  • Tarczan

    “It is uncertain why humans first left Africa, but researchers believe it has something to do with major climatic shifts that were happening around that time.”

    It is the same reason affluent blacks leave any black neighborhood, they don’t want to be around other blacks.

  • LHathaway

    Why humans left Africa. . something to do with walking. .

  • Troy Swonger

    After reading “Erectus walks Amongst Us”, I don’t believe african hominids ever left africa. The only reason africans are as evolved as they are, is through Eurasian miscegenation. After Eurasians migrated to africa, that is. africans lacked the mental capacity to even make it to islands off the coast of africa. The out of africa theory is nothing but politically motivated B.S.

  • freddy_hills

    This study has consequences for South Africa. It shows the first inhabitants of South Africa weren’t from South Africa and were part European to start with.

  • Cold_Gravy

    So can we lay claim on South Africa as European ancestors went there 3000 years ago. They owe us.

    We now have an out of Europe theory to counter their theory.

  • Cold_Gravy

    South Africa should be divided into two, in order to recognise the contribution Whites made in creating it.

  • the sound the flood the hour

    wikipedia on the differences between east african tutsi and the central african hutu:

    The Europeans believed that some Tutsis had facial characteristics that were generally atypical of other Bantus. They sought to explain these purported divergent physical traits by postulating admixture with or partial descent from migrants of Caucasoid stock, who usually were said to have arrived in the great Lakes region from the Horn of Africa and/or North Africa.

    By contrast, the Europeans considered the majority Hutu to be
    characteristic Bantu people of Central African origin. These various
    migration theories of foreign provenance were also in part inspired by
    the Tutsi’s own long-held oral traditions asserting that they originally
    descended from “white” migrants, who subsequently “lost” their original
    language and culture as they intermarried with the local Bantus. The
    British explorer John Hanning Speke recorded one such account in his book Journal of the Discovery of the Source of the Nile::

    “The governor[…] said he thought the white men were flocking this way
    to retake their lost country; for tradition recorded that the Wahuma
    were once half black and half white, with half the hair straight and the
    other half curly; and how was this to be accounted for unless the
    country formerly belonged to white men with straight hair, but was
    subsequently taken by black men?”


  • celtthedog

    Wow! So there were liberal whites even back then….

  • KevinPhillipsBong

    “It is uncertain why humans first left Africa,…”

    Prolly, the same reasons why “humans” left Detroit. They didn’t want to raise their sons and daughters among Africans. When and where was the first recorded instances of “white flight”? Does white flight predate whites?

  • Interesting.