Y-DNA Haplogroup D and its Subclades - 2011
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D   M174/Page30, IMS-JST021355, Page3
     D*   -
     D1   M15
         D1*   -
         D1a   N1
              D1a*   -
              D1a1   N2
     D2   M55, M57, M64.1/Page44.1, M179/Page31, M359.1/P41.1, P37.1, P190, 12f2.2
         D2*   -
         D2a   M116.1
              D2a*   -
              D2a1   M125
                  D2a1*   -
                  D2a1a   P42
                       D2a1a*   -
                       D2a1a1   P12_1, P12_2, P12_3
                  D2a1b   IMS-JST022457
                       D2a1b*   -
                       D2a1b1   P53.2
              D2a2   M151
              D2a3   P120
     D3   P99
         D3*   -
         D3a   P47

Private SNPs - After having been investigated, these SNPs have not met the population distribution criteria for placement on the tree. Either too few confirmed positive testers have been found OR multiple confirmed testers were confined to either a single surname or to a small group of related males.


Y-DNA haplogroup D is seen primarily in Central Asia, Southeast Asia, and in Japan and was established approximately 50,000 years ago. Sub-group D1 (D-M15) is seen in Tibet, Mongolia, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, and the sub-groups D* (D-M174) and D3 (D-P47) are seen in Central Asia. The sub-group D2 (D-M55) is seen almost exclusively in Japan. The high frequency of haplogroup D in Tibet (about 50%) and in Japan (about 35%) implies some early migratory connection between these areas. Examination of the genetic diversity seen in sub-group D2 in Japan implies that this group has been isolated in Japan for between 12,000-20,000 years. The highest frequencies of D2 in Japan are seen among the Ainu and the Ryukyuans.

An isolated incidence of haplogroup D has also been seen in the Andaman Islands in the Indian Ocean. This implies that the group may once have had a much greater range, but has subsequently been displaced by more recent population events.


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Contact Person for Haplogroup D: David Reynolds

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