My sister gave me a 23andMe kit as a gift and I finally sent it in. I recently received the results. I was a bit worried that I might not have any Neanderthal DNA, but it turns out I have 4% Neanderthal DNA! I have more Neanderthal variants than 67% of 23andMe customers.
According to 23andMe, "Customers with Neanderthal variants have a direct Neanderthal ancestor—a grandparent to the 250th degree. What that means is still uncertain, but it's fascinating to think that we may have inherited some of our traits and behaviors from them."
I was very happy to learn that I have a Neanderthal ancestor who lived thousands of years ago. Yet I wasn't really surprised. I guess I felt it in my bones!
I am the author of NIGHTSONG: A Neanderthal mystery. I hope you may want to dip into my blog after you've read my novel (or even if you haven't) to learn a bit more about the Neanderthals and to hear some of the music described in the novel. I may go off topic sometimes...