Age: 24,253.2 ± 5,635.2; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Undetermined
Mutations: G12236A
Parent Branch: M51
Descendant branch(s): M51a1 M51a2


Haplogroup M51a is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 18,600 and 29,900 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

Phylotree History

Phylotree.org is the maternal (mtDNA) tree of humanity. It is maintained by Dr. Mannis Van Oven. Each build is a major update to the tree. The current build is #17.

Build# Called Mutations Notes
09 M51a 12236 Released 20 Jun 2010
10 M51a 12236 Released 10 Aug 2010
11 M51a 12236 Released 7 Feb 2011
12 M51a 12236 Released 20 Jul 2011
13 M51a 12236 Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14 M51a G12236A Released 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15 M51a G12236A Released 30 Sep 2012
16 M51a G12236A Released 19 Feb 2014
17 M51a G12236A Released 18 Feb 2016

GenBank Samples

GenBank is a database of genetic sequence data. It is run by the United States National Institute of Health. It serves as the main repository for mtDNA full sequence profiles. Samples come both from published academic literature and donations from genetic genealogy community members. In addition to GenBank samples, listings below may include other samples published but not submitted to GenBank such as those from the HapMap project.

Note: GenBank results currently use Phylotree build 16. I am working on changing resuts over to build 17.

Hg ID Publication Missing Variants Additional Variants
Hap5020703 Zhang X et al., 2013 M51a:152, 16311 M51a:309.1C, 315.1C, 4907, 7853, 9053, 16319, 16519

Geno 2.0 Data

Data from Geno 2.0 is derived from the The National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project — the DAR. The Hg ID is specific to this site and is used to protect the identities of those who take part in Genographic research. Birth Country, Mother's Birth Country, and Maternal Grandmother's Birth Country have been normalized from DAR database fields. The Maternal Origin is determined based on the three previous fields.

Note: Geno 2.0 results currently use Phylotree build 16. I am working on changing resuts over to build 17.

Hg ID Birth
Birth Country
Maternal Grandmother's
Birth Country

If you use the information in this table, please credit both this site and The National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project.

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