Y-DNA Haplogroup B and its Subclades - 2007
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B   M60, M181
�       B*   -
�       B1   M236, M288
�      �       B1*   -
�      �       B1a   M146 (formerly B1)
�       B2   M182
�      �       B2*   -
�      �       B2a   M150
�      �       �       B2a*   -
�      �       �       B2a1   M218
�      �       �      �       B2a1*   -
�      �       �      �       B2a1a   M109, M152, P32 (formerly in B2a1)
�      �       �       B2a2   M108.1
�      �       �      �       B2a2*   -
�      �       �      �       B2a2a   M43
�      �       B2b   M112, M192, 50f2
�      �       �       B2b*   -
�      �       �       B2b1   P6
�      �       �       B2b2   M115, M169
�      �       �       B2b3   M30, M129
�      �       �      �       B2b3*   -
�      �       �      �       B2b3a   M108.2
�      �       �       B2b4   P7
�      �       �      �       B2b4*   -
�      �       �      �       B2b4a   P8
�      �       �      �       B2b4b   MSY2.1, M211

Y-DNA haplogroup B, like Y-DNA haplogroup A, is seen only in Africa and is scattered widely, but thinly across the continent. These haplogroups have higher frequencies among hunter-gather groups in Ethiopia and Sudan, and are also seen among click language-speaking populations. The patchy, widespread distribution of these haplogroups may mean that they are remnants of ancient lineages that once had a much wider range but have been largely displaced by more recent population events.

Some geographic structuring is seen between the sub-groups B2a (B-M150) and B2b (B-M112). Sub-group B2b is seen among Central African Pygmies and South African Khoisan. Sub-group B2a is seen among Cameroonians, East Africans, and among South African Bantu speakers. B2a1a (B-M109) is the most commonly seen sub-group of B2a. About 2.3% of African-Americans belong to haplogroup B - with 1.5% of them belonging to the sub-group B2a1a.


Cruciani et al, A Back Migration from Asia to Sub-Saharan Africa Is Supported by High-Resolution Analysis of Human Y-Chromosome Haplotypes. (pdf) American Journal of Human Genetics, 70:1197-1214, 2002.
Regueiro et al, Iran: Tricontinental Nexus for Y-Chromosome Driven Migration. (abstract) Human Heredity, Vol. 61, No 3, 132-143, 2006.
Semino et al, Ethiopians and Khoisan Share the Deepest Clades of the Human Y-Chromosome Phylogeny. (pdf) American Journal of Human Genetics, 70:265-268, 2002.
Valone et al, Y SNP Typing of African-American and Caucasian Samples Using Allele-Specific Hybridization and Primer Extension. (pdf) Journal of Forensic Science, 49:4, July 2004.

Corrections/Additions made since 20 December 2006:

Contact Person for Haplogroup B: Ana Oquendo Pabon

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