Genes and DNA
Mitochondria are organelles within cells that carry their own DNA and can be used to infer patterns of maternal ancestry.
Anthropological Evidence of Ancient Humans
Genes, like people, have families — lineages that stretch back through time, all the way to a founding member. That ancestor multiplied and spread, morphing a bit with each new iteration.
Certain genes, however, seem to defy that origin story. They have no known relatives, and they bear no resemblance to any other gene.
Humans May Have Had Romantic Rendezvous With Neanderthals 100,000 Years Ago
By Maya Wei-Haas for smithsonian.com
February 18, 2016
Modern human DNA entered the Siberian Neanderthal gene pool roughly 100,000 years ago.
Experiences Expressed in DNA
Research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes in DNA. Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: “From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.”
Genetic memory, simply put, is complex abilities and actual sophisticated knowledge inherited along with other more typical and commonly accepted physical and behavioral characteristics.
According behavioral epigenetics, traumatic experiences in our past, or in our recent ancestors’ past, leave molecular scars adhering to our DNA.
The Concept of the Collective Unconscious
Carl G. Jung