1. R

    Y resolution worth it?

    Took the 23andme and realized too late I should have gone livingDNA. My 23andme data even with morley test seems to be subclade unsure, given 63 Y-DNA positions lacking recognized mutations and about 200 positive snp's not accounted for. (is that par for 23andme data?) My question is: would a...
  2. Maciamo

    More genomes from Mesolithic Romania and Spain (Gonzales-Fortes et al. 2017)

    It's relatively small paper compared to the mastodons published earlier this month, but nevertheless interesting. Paleogenomic Evidence for Multi-generational Mixing between Neolithic Farmers and Mesolithic Hunter-Gatherers in the Lower Danube Basin (extended PDF with supplementary materials...
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    New map of Y-gaplogroup G2a-L497

    This clade was found in the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture (as I had predicted), which explains the hotspot around Moldova. G2a-L497 (or actually its Z1816 subclade) was probably assimilated by the R1b-U152 Proto-Italo-Celts before moving to the Alps. Not only is there a strong geographic...
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    Revised and improved prehistoric migration maps

    I have updated, corrected and improved most of the Neolithic and Bronze Age migrations maps. This includes adding new cultures, including minor ones, refining the boundaries, reworking the colours, and updating the haplogroup estimations for each culture. I have also split the map for the period...
  5. Maciamo

    23andMe Comparing 23andMe chip versions

    23andMe was founded in 2006. Its original test (v1) cost $998. It was replaced in September 2008 by a more affordable test (v2) that only cost $400 and really kickstarted the company's rise. Two years later, v3 was released, which increased the number of SNPs to close to one million. Oddly...
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    More Neolithic Y-DNA and mtDNA from Hungary, Germany and Spain (Lipson et al. 2017)

    It's been raining ancient DNA samples lately! 127 new ancient DNA samples, including 82 Y-DNA, from various Neolithic and Chalcolithic cultures in Europe. Parallel ancient genomic transects reveal complexpopulation history of early European farmers Abstract Ancient DNA studies have...
  7. Maciamo

    FAQ: How can we trace our ancestry with DNA? Which DNA test to choose?

    I have updated an old FAQ page about ancestry DNA tests: Ancestral DNA tests: what should I know before I start? It explains among others how can we trace our ancestry with DNA and which DNA test to choose.
  8. Maciamo

    Age and TMRCA of Jewish lineages by haplogroup

    Jewish people have a greater diversity of top-level haplogroups than almost any other ethnic/national group in Europe and the Middle East. However this diversity is illusive as for each haplogroup only some deep and very specific subclades are present among paternal Jewish lineages. The European...
  9. Maciamo

    Looking for Karl Marx's Y-DNA haplogroup

    Browsing through the Jewish Y-DNA Project, I found two individuals with the surname Marx, one descending from Nathan Marx from Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg, and the other from Martin Marx from Frankenthal in Rhineland-Palatinate in the early 19th century. Karl Marx came from Trier also in...
  10. Maciamo

    Dustin Hoffman may belong to Y-haplogroup J1

    Actor Dustin Hoffman had participated in the PBS TV series Finding Your Roots, in which we learned that he belonged to Y-haplogroup J. Browsing through the Jewish Y-DNA Project, I found two individuals with the surname Hoffman, one from Poland and one from Kiev, Ukraine. Dustin's genealogy...
  11. Maciamo

    Actor Adam Sandler may belong to Y-haplogroup J2a1

    Browsing through the Jewish Y-DNA Project, I came across a descendant of Movsha Sandler (born c. 1798 in Pusalotas, Lithuania). This matches exactly Adam Sandler's g-g-great-grand-father according to his genealogy. The STR haplotype appear to fit within the M67 clade, and probably the L210 subclade.
  12. Maciamo

    Larry Page may belong to Y-haplogroup E-V13

    I was checking the genealogy of Google co-founder Larry Page and found that he descended from John D. Page (1808-1900). The same John Page appears in the Page Surname project and matches exactly several other Page individuals from Kent, England who belong to haplogroup E1b1b1. Only one member...
  13. Maciamo

    Updated chronological tree of Y-haplogroups

    I have updated the timeline of Y-DNA haplogroups on the page Origins of European haplogroups. It hadn't been updated for over 6 years, so some age estimates were badly off. I have used the latest estimates from Yfull.com. The wider version with the mtDNA tree can be found here.
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    New phylogenetic tree of R1b-U152 (and L2)

    I have been working for three days on a new updated version of the R1b-U152 tree. I had to split it in two trees as the L2 branch was taking too much space. I recommend that you viw the tree in full screen by clicking on them on the R1b page. I had already suggested three years ago that Z56 was...
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    New phylogenetic trees of R1a

    At long last I have found time and energy to update the phylogenetic tree of Y-haplogroup R1a. There are now six separate trees (R1a stem, L664, Z284, M458, Z280 and Z93) instead of two. Like for the other haplogroup trees which I have updated in the last few months (all haplogroups except R1b)...
  16. Maciamo

    Evidence that the Y chromosome and not just testosterone influences facial traits

    I saw on BBC News yesterday that Belgian top model Hanne Gaby Odiele revealed that she was intersex. Genetically she is a man (XY chromosome pair), but she was born with androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS), meaning that her body is unresponsive to testosterone, which in turn prevents the...
  17. Maciamo

    Southern Neolithic route brought Megaliths from the Levant to Western Europe

    I have hypothesised for several years that the wave of Neolithic farmers who came from the southern Levant through North Africa brought a quite different set of haplogroups and autosomal admixture than the Anatolian farmers that colonised the Balkans and Central Europe. There is ample...
  18. Aha

    Ukraine Y-DNA Map

    Distribution map of Y-DNA in seven Ukrainian regions: Source of the data: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0135820 http://i.imgur.com/hyo7Kkq.png I would made also distribution maps, but I am yet to figure out the way they are made.
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    New map of Y-DNA haplogroups in East Asia

    I have considerably expanded my Genetic history of the Japanese, and added regional frequencies in Japan and in neighbouring populations. The Y-DNA data is still too scare to make fine-scale distribution maps by haplogroup, but this map with pie charts should help visualise the bigger picture.
  20. Petros Agapetos

    Genetic Test for Armenians?

    Hi, I am Petros, and I am Armenian. Which genetic test would you recommend I take: Dodecad, Eurogenese, etc. Should I test my Y-DNA as well. What information does the test give you? Are the most expensive tests necessarily better? What price range should I expect the test to cost me?