M343: Direct Descendants of Cro-Magnon
Around 30,000 years ago, a descendant of the clan making its way into Europe gave rise to marker M343, the defining marker of my haplogroup.
I'am a direct descendent of the people who dominated the human expansion into Europe, the Cro-Magnon.The Cro-Magnon are responsible for the famous cave paintings found in southern France. These spectacular paintings provide archaeological evidence that there was a sudden blossoming of artistic skills as my ancestors moved into Europe. Prior to this, artistic endeavors were mostly comprised of jewelry made of shell, bone, and ivory; primitive musical instruments; and stone carvings. The cave paintings of the Cro-Magnon depict animals like bison, deer, rhinoceroses, and horses, and natural events important to Paleolithic life such as spring molting, hunting, and pregnancy.Tcro2-500x366.jpg

The paintings are far more intricate, detailed, and colorful than anything seen prior to this period.

My ancestors knew how to make woven clothing using the natural fibers of plants, and had relatively advanced tools of stone, bone, and ivory. Their jewelry, carvings, and intricate, colorful cave paintings bear witness to the Cro-Magnons' advanced culture during the last glacial age.

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