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Age: 26,435.1 ± 6,316.8; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Undetermined
Mutations: G143A A2768G
FTDNA Tree: Link
Parent Branch: Q3
Descendant branch(s): Q3a1


Haplogroup Q3a is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 20,100 and 32,800 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

mtDNA Haplogroup Q3a 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.

02Q3a143 2768Released 14 Oct 2008
03Q3a143 2768Released 1 Mar 2009
04Q3a143 2768Released 10 May 2009
05Q3a143 2768Released 8 Jul 2009
06Q3a143 2768Released 28 Sep 2009
07Q3a143 2768Released 10 Nov 2009
08Q3a143 2768Released 21 Mar 2010
09Q3a143 2768Released 20 Jun 2010
10Q3a143 2768Released 10 Aug 2010
11Q3a143 2768Released 7 Feb 2011
12Q3a143 2768Released 20 Jul 2011
13Q3a143 2768Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14Q3aG143A A2768GReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15Q3aG143A A2768GReleased 30 Sep 2012
16Q3aG143A A2768GReleased 19 Feb 2014
17Q3aG143A A2768GReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup Q3a 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
Hap5010179Ingman et al., 2000Q3a:152, 11914Q3a:59, 62T, 64, 309.1C, 315.1C, 4023G, 6260, 7028, 8531, 8842, 9755, 12530, 13269, 14209, 16242A, 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 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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