TRACED: Human DNA’s Big Surprise Book by Dr. Nathaniel T. Jeanson | MB – Biology

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Nathaniel T. Jeanson, a Harvard graduate with a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology, has discovered a DNA-based family tree for global humanity that uncovers surprising links between us and the peoples of old—links that rewrite race, ethnicity, and human history. Traced: Human DNA’s Big Surprise takes you on a journey through these findings that will never let you see human history the same way again!


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TRACED – Human DNA’s Big Surprise Book

Hardcover 432 Pages

“Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson has found the Rosetta Stone of human history.” — Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis, the highly acclaimed Creation Museum, and the world-renowned Ark Encounter

What happened to the ancient Egyptians? When their civilization fell, did the Egyptian people disappear? Or do their descendants exist to this day? What about the ancient Persians? Romans? Mayans? Learn more in TRACED book.

For years, the answers to these questions have been hidden. But no more. Nathaniel T. Jeanson, a Harvard graduate with a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology, has discovered a DNA-based, generation by generation family tree for global humanity. This tree uncovers the origin and fate of these ancient peoples—and connects them to peoples alive today.

“…a ground-breaking book…likely to become a classic.”
Ola Hössjer, PhD, Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Stockholm University, Sweden

“…pulls the curtain back further on the mystery of early human history using genetics, history, and linguistics”
Les Bruce, PhD, retired research specialist, Summer Institute of Linguistics International

The fascinating research presented in Traced has additional far-reaching consequences for numerous contemporary debates:

  • RaceTraced shows that the races have changed multiple times in human history. Thus, “white”, “black”, “Asian” and other common descriptors lose their meaning in light of modern genetics.
  • PrehistoryTraced reveals that today’s Native Americans were not the first but replaced earlier inhabitants whose genealogical origins remain unknown.
  • History and origin of minority groups: The genetics in Traced restores the indigenous histories to many obscure people groups and connects them back to specific ancestors in Genesis 10.
  • The age of the earthTraced represents one of the strongest arguments in print for the recent origin of humanity.
  • Biblical authority: Historically, young-earth creationists have sought to defend biblical authority from scientific attacks; Traced puts biblical authority on offense.

Dive into the wild and emerging field of historical genetics and see how these recent discoveries on the fate of ancient civilizations end up uncovering the story of the whole world.

Traced: Human DNA’s Big Surprise will inspire, not only budding historians, archaeologists, geneticists, linguists, and anthropologists, but anyone interested the marvelous and messy story of humankind.

Table of Contents


  • 1. The Hiddenness of History

  • 2. Smaller Than We Think
  • 3. More Connected Than We Think
  • 4. Faster Than We Think


  • 5. Still African
  • 6. The Corridor

  • 7. Vulnerable

  • 8. Mirror

  • 9. Relative Mystery

  • 10. The Great Divide

  • 11. From West to East


  • 12. A New World

  • 13. Breaking at the Dawn
  • 14. Finding Out

  • 15. The Lost Civilization
  • Appendix A: Technical Methods
  • Appendix B: Y Chromosome Adam and Evolution
  • Appendix C: Can I Find My Ancestors with Genetic Testing?
  • References
  • Glossary of Key Terms
  • Acknowledgments
  • Credits


…a profoundly intriguing book. It throws a new light on ancient history and will leave the reader eager to learn more.

Steven E. Woodworth, PhD, Professor of History, Texas Christian University

…a ground-breaking book…likely to become a classic.

Ola Hössjer, PhD, Professor of Mathematical Statistics, Stockholm University, Sweden

“…extremely well researched.”

Emerson Thomas McMullen, PhD, Emeritus Associate Professor of History, Georgia Southern University

“…pulls the curtain back further on the mystery of early human history using genetics, history, and linguistics…goes a long way toward reconstructing the origins of the human family.”

Les Bruce, PhD, retired research specialist, Summer Institute of Linguistics International

“Jeanson will take you on a tour of human history like you have never seen before.”

Joe Owen, Director, Answers in Genesis Latin America

“…sheds a scientific light on our understanding of humanity’s past…a new history.”

Yingguang Liu, M.M. (Shanghai), PhD, Associate Professor, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine

“…a novel way to look at how our planet was populated.”

Rick Roberts, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Grace College

Additional information

Weight 28 oz
Dimensions 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.25 in

13 reviews for TRACED: Human DNA’s Big Surprise Book by Dr. Nathaniel T. Jeanson | MB – Biology

  1. Brittni

    I enjoyed this YE perspective on haplogroups. My husband and I have recently done genetic testing and we have learned a lot about his haplogroup. We’ve read many different takes on the origins of his haplogroup R1a, including the explanation in Traced. We have read dramatically different timeframes and worldviews of R1a splitting between mainstream science and Traced. But nevertheless it allowed for some great conversations and for the equally awe inspiring mystery of the Lord and his creation. I received this e-copy in exchange for my honest review.
    Review by Brittni Posted on4/18/22

  2. Raquel

    I have always wondered whether we were all a little more closely related than we realize and how what we see now can give us so much more insight into the past (both confirming what we know and how much, we must humbly admit, we still do not know). Part of this was due to the reality that in just a few generations, my own family has changed so much due to a few different choices that only a few of my ancestors made. I am born of Cuban immigrants from my Father’s side and Puerto Rican born grandparents on my Mother’s side. Due to the transatlantic slave trade, communism and various economic factors, my own lineage rapidly changed in just a few short years, with respect to the thousands of years we have been in existence. Cuba and Puerto Rico both share some historical narratives that involve what I always understood to be part African, part Indigenous (maybe Taino?) and part European (Spaniard or Italian?). I also had a rumored Chinese ancestor somewhere in there from Cuba! But where did the indigenous people come from? Did the African ancestral blood that courses through my veins come from slaves? Or perhaps it comes from the rumored African explorers who came to the Americas supposedly before Columbus. The bottom line is, modern science is not philosophy or religion, but it makes truth claims in both of these areas, using data to support meta-narratives that fit what people already want to believe – that we evolved over a process of million years. Why? Because it is insanely convenient. If we are just particles colliding, there really is no need for moral accountability.
    The problem is that, as this book so thoroughly discusses, the world’s inhabitants just don’t seem to have been here that long. I find it fascinating that when I teach my children history from the dominant narrative perspective, the Smithsonian book of History for example takes a large guess and says “Origins 4.5 MYA – 3,000 BCE” with about three pages of information on this supposed enormous time frame and then can’t resist moving onto early Egyptian civilization because it is so obvious that there is such a lack of evidence from a time period that just did not happen. Mostly there is just a lot of guess work in the account of history from the Smithsonian History: From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day; “Although homo sapiens are the only hominins left alive today, controversial recent finds suggest that Neanderthals may not have been the only species they encountered as they spread across the globe. At Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains of Russia, DNA from a few small fragments of bone suggest another group of hominins, the Denisovans, may have lived in the region just 41,000 years ago” (Page 24). So why I am bringing in this other quote for a book review on a completely different book? Because even the historical accounts that try to do away with God and the history presented in the Bible still start their accounts of history with ancient Egypt and the Sumerians etc. Traced gives us a compelling, robust and clear argument with rich data to support the very recent history that gave us the 8 billion people on the planet. With lots of scientific and mathematical analysis, Traced is not putting out pure guesswork or speculation. There is solid, intriguing evidence put forth that supports the Biblical narrative.

    One reviewer on Amazon claimed that this book is just religious propaganda. I could say the same thing about any of the other books on Amazon that propagate a godless worldview. The difference is that Christians have a revelational epistemology and do not claim authority for themselves but give it rightly to God. So when someone like Nathaniel Jeanson make groundbreaking discoveries, like those he has summarized in traced, his evidence just corroborates what we already know to be true from Scripture. Sure, the author has a Biblical worldview, but the Bible claims for itself an authority that humans cannot claim. This book spends most of the time detailing the implications from studying genetics as to how old (or how young) the human population really is, but there were a few references to how mainstream science has already decided God is a concept they just want to disprove; therefore they go out of their way to hide evidence that support the claims the Bible makes.

    Logistically speaking, someone interested in purchasing this book should be prepared ahead of time by knowing exactly which format would be most easy to navigate for them personally. Pages 134-308 (roughly) are all color graphics including maps, pictures and family trees. The author frequently references this section and you really do want to flip back and forth to enhance your experience of reading the text with the supporting documents. I received a free PDF version of this book to review it and it was very cumbersome to flip from the text to the color plates sections as they were referenced. I had to literally open up my laptop to view the color plates in the book PDF while also reading the PDF on my kindle. It is kind of confusing, but honestly a paper back book might be better for this book. Honestly, the whole reading experience would be better if the images were embedded into the text itself.

    The book is very readable to a lay person, though sometimes I would’ve liked more technical jargon and citations. I understand though why the author chose not to make it much more technical. It is an important book for many people to read and had he chosen to make it too technical, I am sure I would not have been able to read it or likely to recommended it.

    Overall, this book is a definite page turner to anyone remotely interested in history, science, genetics, politics of the world, or their own ancestry. I highly recommend this book and would encourage especially scientists who stumble upon this book to take it seriously and not just throw it out because their worldview is intolerant and allergic to any religion.

    I also would encourage homeschoolers to be creative and use it as a guide to history, it presents one of the most accurate portrayals of how we all got here and instead of just starting with the Ancients, it describes how they might have actually got there, therefore it could be also one of the most accurate history books we have available.
    Review by Raquel Posted on4/18/22

  3. Melissa S

    Dr. Jeason has struck gold! His research is incredible. This book will not disappoint. The Y Chromosome research is in-depth and spot on. Make sure to watch his series with Ken Ham.
    Review by Melissa S Posted on4/12/22

  4. Danielle

    Traced is an interesting read about the origins of people groups and really the history of our world. As a reader who essentially knew nothing about the Y-chromosome, haplogroups, and genetics before reading this book, I wondered if I would find myself lost in the terminology and scholarly writing of the text. While I did find myself a bit lost at times due to the heaviness of the material, I was pleasantly surprised as to how much I was able to follow along and understand. The author was intentional in his approach to try to make a difficult topic easier for anyone to understand. His use of what he calls “color plates” were often very helpful for me as I needed a visual picture of what he was talking about for better understanding. I think the color plates are an important part of the book and serve as a helpful tool to grasp the concepts better.
    I think the research Jeanson has done is fascinating. To be able to link the Y-chromosome to so many different people groups from today down thru history is quite remarkable. His research helps support the Bible and the historical accuracy of the Bible, which is exciting. It is also interesting to think of how we are all related and makes me wonder which haplogroup I come from!
    After reading Jeanson’s book, I certainly have a better appreciation for history and the study of genetics. Jeanson is an intelligent writer, but he wrote in a way that made me feel like I could understand at least the better part of what he presented.
    My only recommendation is that you buy a paper copy of this book. I read from my device, which made it very difficult to go back and forth between what I was reading and the color plate section. I had to pull up the book on a second device and have that device set on the color plate section to make it easier to go back and forth. A paper copy certainly would have helped with that dilemma!
    Review by Danielle Posted on4/8/22

  5. Randall Roach

    I just finished Traced: Human DNA’s Big Surprise, and it was a joy to read. Dr. Jeanson writes exactly like he talks – non-technical readers will find his books distinctively approachable. While demonstrating a mastery of the subject matter, Dr. Jeanson puts on the detective hat to identify the origin of some of history’s most famous/infamous people groups using high-quality DNA analysis. In parallel, he provides positive evidence for a young Earth model, overlapping Y chromosome predictions with known population growth charts which effectively show a perfect match. These results are testable and repeatable AND only work with a 6,000 year old Earth.

    There are a number of light-bulb moments in the book, but two stood out to me in particular. First, it is shocking how quickly family trees collapse onto one another. If you go back 600 years, 95% of people alive today will share a common ancestor. It’s a numbers game, and Dr. Jeanson shows his work. To anyone who has ever wondered if they are related to an acquaintance or even their spouse, the answer is yes, yes you are.

    In passing, Dr. Jeanson also effectively undermines the entire raison d’etre of both classical racism and the abominable critical race theory/anti-racism movement. He demonstrates the transitory nature of physical features – how some “White” people of European descent actually have a much older Asian or African ancestry. This book gives the reader good tools to use when discussing the stupidity of melanin-based segregation/discrimination.

    This book will be a welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in the origin of man as well as anyone who enjoys a good mystery.
    Review by Randall Roach Posted on3/16/22

  6. Matthew Andexler

    Traced is a great blend of history, genetics, population investigation, and personal anecdotes. The color plates may make the book seem academic, but Dr. Jeanson does a great job authoring the book to make sense to the lay person. When growing up, I heard so much of Roman, Greek, Fertile Crescent, and some of Asian cultures. But Dr. Jeanson does a great job showing what happened to other cultures by discussing genetically where they came from as well as migration patterns. This book will give a better appreciation of population explosions to explain the young earth principles as well as certain the affects of historical moments in relation to population ebbs in population. While there maybe things that are a bit academic, you will find nuggets that fill in the gaps of how different people groups got to where they landed as well as learning a few new concepts. Lastly, there are Biblical truths that you will walk away with understanding better. Such as the dispersal of man after the Tower of Babel and that we are of one race, the human race! Thanks for this insightful book.
    Review by Matthew Andexler Posted on3/6/22

  7. Riaan

    Simply the most compelling theory to come out of the creationist camp in years.

    Jeanson connects the y chromosome branches to known historical interactions between populations, and shows through testable predictions that these y chromosome branches simply cannot be used as evidence of deep time or the ancient origins of man, but instead perfectly fits the recent history of man, and by extension the contested biblical history too.

    I cannot fathom the hoops evolutionists would need to jump through in order to ignore this.

    The book is a good mixture between simple explanations, and in depth analysis. A pretty easy read. Would have loved to have the color plates separate, they are a very helpful visual aid to understanding the theory plainly and easily.

    Absolutely compelling
    Review by Riaan Posted on3/4/22

  8. S. R. Mc.

    I thought this book was excellent. I hope to read it again after the paper & ink version comes out. I will definitely be purchasing a copy.

    I did get a little lost with all the color plates but that is one reason I am looking forward to the actual hold in my hand book. I read this on my phone and going back & forth to look at the color plates was time consuming and a good way to keep loosing my place. But that did not cause me to be any less facinated. I believe anyone can get alot out of this book & enjoy the read. In the future I hope to go back and study more the haplogroups and color plates closer and get even more out of this book. Also Dr. Jeanson’s suggestions on how to use this book in the introduction helped me very much.

    I believe the human history that is revealed through this research will greatly benefit our knowledge and be a valuable resource in many other fields of historical research. It fills in so many gaps in our knowledge of the past already. There is still so much to learn in Y chromosome research and what Dr. Jeanson is doing he and others will continue researching and revealing even more connections.

    My favorite chapter is Chapter 15. I love that Dr. Jeanson gives glory to God. I also love how God reveals himself in his creation and this research gives us so much more sight that we can praise Him for.

    This research reinforces biblical authority. The Y chromosome family tree tells us so much and it matches world, human & biblical history we already know when they are compared. Look at this excerpt from Appendix B: “In short, my timescale is working. It has made — and is making — testable predictions that have been fulfilled and are being fulfilled. It meets the decades-old standard that mainstream science has put in place for extraordinary claims.”

    Romans 1:20-22 (KJV) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
    Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
    Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

    Review by S. R. Mc. Posted on3/3/22

  9. Pradeep

    I have been reading about Lucy and its history. How those bones were found in the dirt, how the story of a new species suddenly pops out are all just ridiculous. I wonder how can somebody appreciate something like Lucy as science? Those bones are nothing but pure assumptions. But after reading this book I was amazed, thrilled, got into trouble of spending time again on that book. It is real science not stories about bones. Out of Africa or to Africa from Egypt? Of course, secular science teaches you out of Africa theory. But the Y-Chromosome studies by Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson prove otherwise. And that is more logical when we open our eyes and see the reality of still unpopulated Africa and populated the Middle East and Asia.
    As an Indian, I was curious about the Indian population’s genetics and we could find a lot of evidence, based on known history and genetic groups. How easily a people group can be formed? Very easily a black population arises from a Y chromosome white man and still appears black and vice versa?
    Amazing explosive pieces of information in this book. The ebook not enough, waiting for the printed one. Thanks, Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson for this wonderful book.
    Review by Pradeep Posted on2/24/22

  10. Nick

    This book is one of most significant contributions in creation research I’ve seen in many years. There has long been a need for a book like this: a comprehensive study of human ancestry and genetics with a view to identifying connections with the Book of Genesis.
    This book explores many interesting questions that we’ve often wondered about: How do the far east nations fit in the Table of Nations of Genesis 10? Which nations are descended from Shem, Ham, and Japheth? How long has mankind really been around? What is the ancient history of Central Asia? Of Sub-Saharan Africa? Of the Pacific? Of the tribes of the Americas and Australia?
    Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson is the man for the job. With a Ph. D. in biology from Harvard, and a keen interest in genetics, history, and the Bible, he has dedicated himself to this very important field within creationist research, adding to recent analysis by Drs. Carter, Sanford, and others, which has shown that Y-chromosome and mitochondrial DNA data confirm the biblical timeline rather than the evolutionary timeline. Expanding on this, Jeanson has accomplished a quantum leap for biblical genetics research! He has put human ancestry, anthropology, and history powerfully in play for the creationist worldview. He has established a beachhead for further research, further genetic sampling, and further demonstration of the positive explanatory power of the biblical model. Creationism is enjoying much progress right now, with a growing number of scientists and many important works and discoveries being made in several fields in recent years. Jeanson’s book will be a valuable contribution to this body of research.
    This is a thoroughly fascinating read, with many surprises and new insights coming from the genetic data. My favorite section deals with the identification of Y-chromosome Shem, Ham, and Japheth, and the Y-chromosome haplogroups, and the nations which correspond to these. For a couple thousand years, Bible readers have pondered questions such as these: From which of Noah’s three sons am I descended?
    Jeanson does not pretend to have all the answers. As he happily admits, this book is not the final product, and some things may change. Science is about ongoing research, and new data will inevitably lead to new discoveries. Jeanson is actively working on new research, as are many others in this field. But this is a truly groundbreaking book. If you are a pastor, Bible teacher, youth group leader, missionary, or lay Christian: you have to get this book! The Apostle Paul himself would have loved to read this book. The general audience will find it a most rewarding book as well.
    Review by Nick Posted on2/12/22

  11. Billy

    Jeanson is unlocking the hidden areas of human history that have been in the dark until now. Imagine a closed door that you have always wondered what was behind it your entire life, then one day you find the key! Jeanson has discovered a key to a door to human history! By applying observable mutation rates in the male Y Chromosome and using the Y Chromosome data from people all over the globe, Jeanson has been able to create a family tree for the human race! He consistently sees historical markers in the tree for known history, so what will be uncovered in the unknown history? You may find some of the results shocking, but that’s what makes this new research exciting!
    I personally am curious about Native American history. Where did these people come from? When did they arrive in the Americas? How long have they been here?
    I loved unlocking answers to these perplexing questions and I think you will too!
    Review by Billy Posted on2/9/22

  12. Jeff Bromley

    I’ve been looking forward to this book for two years, it did not disappoint.
    I’ve been tracing my ancestry through online resources and have discovered quite a bit of good information. So when Dr Jeanson began his series on the Y Chromosome research he has done it piqued my interest. It has been especially interesting to see his correlation with the biblical timescale which sheds tremendous light on history as revealed through Y chromosome data. No other book or research I know of has done this. I consider this book to be a valuable tool now and for many years to come. It’s an extremely valuable contribution to human history from the biblical perspective.
    Review by Jeff Bromley Posted on2/8/22

  13. A.H. (verified owner)

    Since genetic testing was discussed throughout the book and more specifically in Appendix C, Rep. Jim Crow (CO), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, warned that your DNA becomes the private property of these genetic testing companies who can/do sell your DNA to others including enemy nations for use in biological weapons. This book has caused some to send their DNA to these companies to be tested as I see in another review. Until we’re assured our privacy rights with our own DNA, genetic testing is probably not a good idea.
    There are some things I disagree with in chapter 13. Jeanson puts the 10 northern tribes in haplogroup L while Judah and Benjamin he puts in haplogroup T which he says is the lineage of the Jews. All 12 tribes are Jews. Jeanson also said that the southern and northern tribes were permanently separated when the Assyrians conquered the northern tribes. This cannot be entirely true. Look at Color Plates 196, 197 and 86; you will see that the Persians controlled all the Assyrian and Babylonian lands which means all 12 tribes were in the same empire. Read the book of Esther. All Jews from India to Ethiopia even 127 provinces (which vast empire of Ahasuerus is not shown or mentioned in the book) were told to stand for their lives. Cyrus said the Lord gave him all the kingdoms of the earth and all Jews in this Persian Empire were given permission to return to Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 36/Ezra). At the time of Jesus, the tribes of Judah (Joseph), Benjamin (the apostle Paul), Levi (Zacharias) and Asher (Anna the prophetess) were in Jerusalem, so at the very least Asher returned to Jerusalem sometime after Cyrus’s decree. In the end, there will be 144,000 Jewish men who are of the distinct 12 tribes of Israel (Revelation 7:4-8) which means there are Jews alive today who are distinctly of the 12 tribes. Revelation 7 demands this. Besides, if L represents the 10 northern tribes and T Judah and Benjamin, the Pashtun should be T not L since Saul was a Benjamite….perhaps genetics is not the way to find the Jews.
    So, with all that being said, I did enjoy the book though I’d rather study the world from a historical perspective not a genetic one. As Christians, we need to be careful that we aren’t being pragmatic for genetics can be taken too far. It’s nice that the Y-chromosome shows how the Bible is true, but the Bible doesn’t need science. The Bible proves itself true and is sufficient in and of itself.

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