Yes. All of our Y-chromosome lineages trace back to a common ancestor who lived in Africa at least 115,000 years ago. Some lineages migrated out of Africa; others remained.

This map shows each of the major (backbone) paternal haplogroups’ paths out of Africa.

(+ View Y-DNA Migration map)

The path that our ancestors took tells a story about human history. Testing your relatives’ and your own DNA can help you understand both the diversity and commonalities of your part of the human story.