Genetics of Cape Coloureds

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A few weeks ago I noticed that the Wikipedia entry for Cape Coloureds has little fleshed out information on their genetics. As a mixed population it seems that people would be interested, but has always been hard to find anything from Google Scholar on this topic. But the recent Tishkoff paper, The Genetic Structure and History of Africans and African Americans, has some data. You can find a full post at my other weblog, but it seems that not only are the Cape Coloureds substantially European, Khoisan and Bantu, but likely they’re also substantially Indian, and there is a definite East Asian element, no doubt from slaves brought from Maritime Southeast Asia by the VOC. There’s also a lot of variance in this particular sample of Cape Coloureds. Assuming this is representative I would offer that the main reason is that the Coloured population has historically had many people entering it from other groups, and, many leaving to other groups.

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  1. Don’t forget the Malagasy, next door, have a native Indonesian element.

  2. Don’t forget the Malagasy, next door, have a native Indonesian element. 
    Andry Rajoelina, Madagascar’s current leader, looks fully Asian. He is a Malagasy native.

  3. True, and I think that many of the Cape colony slaves were brought from Madagascar, which gives them an even earlier mixing.

  4. A couple of sites mentioned that the fist coloured Miss South Africa was Amy Kleynhans back in 1992. I did a GSI for her, and based on those pictures, she has a very definite East Asian look.