Y-DNA Haplogroup C and its Subclades - 2008
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C   M130/RPS4Y711, M216, P184, P255, P260
�       C*   -
�       C1   M8, M105, M131, P122
�      �       C1*   -
�      �       C1a   P121
�       C2   M38
�      �       C2*   -
�      �       C2a   M208   (formerly C2b)
�      �      �       C2a*   -
�      �      �       C2a1   P33   (formerly C2a)
�      �      �       C2a2   P54
�       C3   M217, P44, PK2
�      �       C3*   -
�      �       C3a   M93
�      �       C3b   P39
�      �       C3c   M48, M77, M86
�      �       C3d   M407
�      �       C3e   P53.1
�      �       C3f   P62
�       C4   M347, P309
�      �       C4*   -
�      �       C4a   M210   (formerly C4b)
�      �       C4b   DYS390.1 del    (formerly C4a; not listed in Karafet 2008)
�       C5   M356
�      �       C5*   -
�      �       C5a   P92
�       C6   P55


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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Deng et al, Evolution and Migration History of the Chinese Population Inferred from the Chinese Y-chromosome Evidence. (pdf) Journal of Human Genetics, 49:339-348, 2004.
Hammer et al, Dual Origins of the Japanese: Common Ground for Hunter-gatherer and Farmer Y Chromosomes. (abstract) Journal of Human Genetics, 51:47-58, 2006.
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Karafet et al, New Binary Polymorphisms Reshape and Increase Resolution of the Human Y-Chromosomal Haplogroup Tree. Abstract. Genome Research, published online April 2, 2008. Supplementary Material.
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Additional Resources:
Ed Martin, C/C3 Haplogroup

Corrections/Additions made since 31 December 2007:

Contact Person for Haplogroup C: Charles Moore

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