Y-DNA Haplogroup C and its Subclades - 2008
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C M130/RPS4Y711, M216, P184, P255, P260
C1 M8, M105, M131, P122
C2a M208 (formerly C2b)
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C2a1 P33 (formerly C2a)
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C3 M217, P44, PK2
C3c M48, M77, M86
C4 M347, P309
C4a M210 (formerly C4b)
C4b DYS390.1 del
(formerly C4a; not listed in Karafet 2008)
- The DYS390.1 deletion that characterizes haplogroup C4b is not a true SNP.
DYS390 is a complex marker, and the deletion of four repeats from the first
element of the marker is characteristic of the majority of tested M347
- 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 31 December 2007:
- Added Karafet et al (2008) on 4 May 2008.
- First paragraph of haplogroup description revised 4 May 2008.
- PK2 (formerly in Notes) was placed on tree 4 May 2008.
- New snps on 4 May 2008: P53.1, P54, P55, P62, P92, P121, P122, P184, P255, P260, PK2.
- Added Underhill et al (2007a) on 4 May 2008.
- Changed contact person from David Wilson to Charles Moore on 29 September 2008.
- Added P309 on 17 December 2008.
Contact Person for Haplogroup C: Charles Moore