Y-DNA Haplogroup B and its Subclades - 2014

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SNP SYMBOLS:  Not on 2013 tree  Confirmed within subclade  Provisional  Private  Investigation 

The criteria for a representative SNP printed in bold for a subclade is: traditional usage, testing one in multiple labs, and/or being found in the area of the chromosome used in recent research studies.

SNPs listed below in italics (colored black or red) are quality variants from next-generation sequencing reports consistently showing as representing that subgroup.

Contact Peoplefor Haplogroup B: Aaron R. Brown and Bonnie Schrack

Link to Experimental Composite Y-DNA Haplogroup B Tree by Ray Banks.

B   M60, M181/Page32
B*   -
B1   M236, M288
• • B1*   -
• • B1a   M146
B2   M182, M247/P85, P90
• • B2*   -
• • B2a   M150, Page18
• • • B2a*   -
• • • B2a1   M218
• • • • B2a1*   -
• • • • B2a1a   M109, M152/Page60, P32, P50
• • • • B2a1b   G1
• • • B2a2   M108.1
• • • • B2a2*   -
• • • • B2a2a   M43, P111
• • B2b   M112
• • • B2b*   -
• • • B2b1   M192, 50f2(P)
• • • • B2b1*   -
• • • • B2b1a   P7_1, P7_2, P7_3
• • • •  B2b1a*   -
• • • •  B2b1a1   MSY2.1
• • • •  B2b1a1*   -
• • • •  B2b1a1a   M115, M169
• • • •  B2b1a1b   M30, M129
• • • •  • • B2b1a1b*   -
• • • •  • • B2b1a1b1   M108.2
• • • •  B2b1a1c   M211
• • • •  B2b1a2   P8_1, P8_2, P8_3, P70
• • • • B2b1b   P6
• • • B2b2   P112, V341
B3   L1387, L1388, L1389, L1390, L1391, L1392, L1393, L1394, L1395, L1396, L1397

SNPs under Investigation - Additional testing is needed to confirm adequate positive samples and/or correct placement on the tree.


Y-DNA haplogroup B, like Y-DNA haplogroup A, is seen only in Africa and is scattered widely, but thinly across the continent. B is thought to have arisen approximately 50,000 years ago. 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.


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Additional Resources:
ISOGG Wiki - What you need to know about Genetic Genealogy.
B Haplogroup Project .
The African DNA Project (B), Dr. Ana Oquendo Pabon.

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