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Age: 11,198.9 ± 4,944.0; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Northeast Africa or the Mediterranean
Mutations: A13637G T16223C
Parent Branch: M1a
Descendant branch(s): M1a3a M1a3b


Haplogroup M1a3 is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 6,300 and 16,100 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: M1a3
Age: To Be Determined
Origin: Northeast Africa/Mediterranean
Blurb: This branch was born along the African shores of the Mediterranean. Today, this line's descendants are part of populations in Italy, Morocco, and Egypt. Some from sub-lineages have traveled further, settling in inland Europe.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic


mtDNA Haplogroup M1a3 Phylotree History 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.

01M1a313637Released 27 Aug 2008
02M1a313637Released 14 Oct 2008
03M1a313637Released 1 Mar 2009
04M1a313637Released 10 May 2009
05M1a313637Released 8 Jul 2009
06M1a313637Released 28 Sep 2009
07M1a313637 16223!Released 10 Nov 2009
08M1a313637 16223!Released 21 Mar 2010
09M1a313637 16223!Released 20 Jun 2010
10M1a313637 16223!Released 10 Aug 2010
11M1a313637 16223!Released 7 Feb 2011
12M1a313637 16223!Released 20 Jul 2011
13M1a313637 16223!Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14M1a3A13637G T16223CReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15M1a3A13637G T16223CReleased 30 Sep 2012
16M1a3A13637G T16223CReleased 19 Feb 2014
17M1a3A13637G T16223CReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup M1a3 Data Sources

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 IDPublicationMissing VariantsAdditional Variants

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 IDBirth
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.

Sources & Resources

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