Y-DNA Haplogroup C and its Subclades - 2009
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C M130/RPS4Y711, M216, P184, P255, P260
C1 M8, M105, M131, P122
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C3 M217, P44, PK2
C3c M48, M77, M86
C4 M347, P309
- Identical SNPs that were discovered separately are listed in alphabetical order, not necessarily in
the order of discovery, and separated by "/". Example: M130/RPS4Y711.
Y-DNA haplogroup C appears to have arisen shortly after modern humans left Africa and
is estimated to be approximately 50,000 years old. The
haplogroup can be traced across the southern Arabian Peninsula through Pakistan and India
into Sri Lanka and Australia, and Southeast Asia.
C* is found on the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka and in parts of SE Asia. The rare C1 lineage
appears to be restricted to Japan. C2 is found predominantly in New Guinea, Melanesia, and
Polynesia. The successful C3 lineage is believed to have originated in southeast or central Asia,
spreading from there into northern Asia and the Americas. C3 is also found in low concentrations
in eastern and central Europe, where it may represent evidence of the westward expansion of the
Huns in the early middle ages; subhaplogroup C3b seems to be found only in the Americas.
C4 is found exclusively among aboriginal Australians and is dominant in that population.
C5 has a significant presence in India with a single instance known from Pakistan.
C6 is a recently recognized group whose geographical associations were not reported.
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Ed Martin, C/C3 Haplogroup
Corrections/Additions made since 1 January 2009:
- Contact person changed from Charles Moore to David Reynolds on 11 March 2009.
- Removed C4b-DYS390.1 del and G. Hudjashov, Peopling of Sahul: Evidence from mtDNA and Y-Chromosome.
Thesis (M.SC.) University of Tartu, Estonia, 2006 as the paper is no longer accessible on 17 March 2009.
- Removed note about C4b-DYS390.1 del on 21 March 2009.
Contact Person for Haplogroup C: David Reynolds