This exhibit has closed. Visit the Genographic Project website to learn more about this fascinating project.

Who are we?
Where did we come from?
Though we look so
different, are we all related?

People. Men and women. Young and old. Whoever we are. Wherever we live.
We all share a common birthplace: Africa.

60,000 years ago, a small group of our ancestors left Africa. Over
time, their descendants populated the world. The paths they took are
reflected in our genes, our DNA. The Genographic Project aims to
unravel the remarkable tale that our genes can tell: where we
originated. How we came to populate the Earth. And the stories we
share, hidden in our DNA. Join us for this special exhibition in
partnership with the National Geographic Society and submit your own
DNA for the project by purchasing a Public Participation Kit in the
Museum Store!


Special Lecture: “Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project”

Dr. Spencer Wells, the National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence who
has spearheaded the Genographic Project, presented a special
lecture for our members at the Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Theater at
the San Diego Natural History Museum on November 11, 2009 at 6:30 p.m.
This scientist, author, and documentary filmmaker has dedicated much of
his career to studying humankind’s family tree and closing the gaps in
our knowledge of human migration.