Last month, 23andMe announced improvements to their Ancestry features, and I can now get a more specific breakdown of my Sub-Saharan African ancestry than I was previously able.
With this update, I can see that 83.4% of my DNA is mapping to West African ancestry, with another .7% Central African and 1.4% coming up as non-specific Sub-Saharan African. Thus, my total Sub-Saharan African ancestry is 85.6%. This is a tad bit higher than the 84% shown in my update from February 2013. My European percentage is 12% (mostly Northern European) and my East-Asian/Native American is at 1%.
Nothing remarkable about the new map, but I do certainly appreciate the finer granularity in my Sub-Saharan African DNA. 23andMe has also begun a project to try and have more participants who are from Africa so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that their data will help them refine this even more!
My Chromosome Map is also updated and the same breakdown colors are shown. The refined breakdown may also be of potential help in cousin matches.
I’m glad to see 23andMe continue to work on providing us with more information. The more, the better.