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Born to a loving Ukrainian family of an Electronic Engineer and Financial Analyst, she was raised in arguably the most beautiful country on Earth, Ukraine. An outspoken Ukrainian teacher and lawyer, Svitlana continued her education in U.S. rediscovering her passion for acting. She fondly remembers her drama and choreography instructors from university's student theater and many amazing, talented people that continue inspiring her. Formerly a radio program host, Svitlana speaks excellent English with a very slight, pleasant accent that many people interpret as French. A rhythmic gymnast in the past, she loves dancing, arts and technology and enjoys teaching languages.
DNA Ancestry (updated): Svitlana is Baltic, Ukrainian and Polish, partly Czech, Hungarian and Russian, a bit French and German (one of her ancestors was allegedly 100% French and German and lived between 5 and 8+ generations ago in a general area of Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland and France; a precise region could not be identified), a bit British & Irish (one of her ancestors was allegedly 100% British & Irish and lived 7-8 generations ago in that region), a little Balkan (one of her ancestors was allegedly 100% Balkan and lived between 5 and 8+ generations ago either in Bosnia and Herzegovina or Romania), [a bit Native American with a number of DNA relatives that have some Native American and/or Siberian ethnicity (relevant data was removed, possibly due to a privacy concern)], broadly North Western European and broadly European.
Svitlana's maternal haplogroup (her mother's line information that is passed to all kids in the family through their mothers) is one of the newer discoveries in genetics. Her maternal line is rather unique and rarely found in Europe. One of Svitlana's female ancestors is responsible for making an unbelievable journey along the Silk Road (as it was named in Byzantine times) approximately 18,000 years ago. Presumably, she moved much closer towards Europe from an area that is now known as India. Europe was covered in ice for a long time before and after that move. Scientists state that not many representatives of her maternal line survived after the end of a glacier episode and ice age. It makes linking some scattered ancient discoveries together more difficult.
Another branch of the root maternal haplogroup ended up in Polynesia. It is believed that the New World was tribalized about 16,000 years ago. As a hypothetical, if people from Polynesia reached Hawaiian islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean by sea, the very same people could have made it to America, either by sea or, as scientists believe, by land when Alaska was still connected to the Eastern area of today's Russia through Bering land bridge. They could have been the very first tribalizers that gave start to the Native American tribes in North America. Offsprings of those tribes populated the South America eventually as well, approximately 6,000 years ago. If the land connection through Alaska already existed, they could have moved back and forth between the continents both by land and by sea.
Svitlana's maternal haplogroup is also evident in two Siberian tribes (in discoveries from 25,000 years ago) that registered most of their tribe members in Siberia and found some members in Ukraine. Her maternal line is not uncommon among Native American tribes while Siberian tribes are considered genetically related to Native Americans. This discussion brought us to the following speculation. Some genetics' papers are attempting to find a connection between Svitlana's haplogroup and ancient Yamnaya people that lived in steppes on the north shores of the Black Sea (areas of Ukraine and further to the North including Finland). Yamnaya people gave a start and a significant boost to most European nations and might be responsible for a light color of skin in modern Europeans, in additiona to many innovations and technologies that Yamnaya brought. Maybe Siberian tribes hold an answer to that quest and can "give" an explanation since some samples have an evidence of both haplogroups, possibly connecting two dots. The ultimate question is whether the samples are ancient enough to support that idea.
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