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Age: 10,262.1 ± 5,605.4; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Tibetan Plateau
Mutations: T3290C C16527T
Parent Branch: A11
Descendant branch(s):


Haplogroup A11b is an Asian branch on the maternal tree of human kind. The woman who founded this line lived between 4,700 and 15,900 years ago (Behar et al 2012b).

Information on this line comes from three studies. The first study includes someone from the Naxi population (Hartmann et al., 2008). The second has one sample each from the Chamdo and Yunnan regions (Ji F et al., 2012). The last paper is medical, and demographic information simply states Chinese (Wang CY et al., 2011).

Geno 2 data does not have a member of this line.


The presence of this line in the Chamdo region is consistent with the line originating in the Tibetan Plateau like its parent. Further, the presence in the Naxi (Nakhi) population may be due to their trade with the Lhasa people along the Tea and Horse Caravan routes. The sample from Yunnan may then represent the spread of the lineage into southern China from Tibet.

mtDNA Haplogroup A11b 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.

11A11b3290 16527Released 7 Feb 2011
12A11b3290 16527Released 20 Jul 2011
13A11b3290 16527Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14A11bT3290C C16527TReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15A11bT3290C C16527TReleased 30 Sep 2012
16A11bT3290C C16527TReleased 19 Feb 2014
17A11bT3290C C16527TReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup A11b 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
Hap5009308Hartmann et al., 2008noneA11b:309.1C, 315.1C, 523-524d, 3204
Hap5016424Ji F et al., 2012A11b:11914, 16311A11b:194, 207, 523-524d, 709, 4463, 5460
Hap5016428Ji F et al., 2012noneA11b:523-524d, 3204
Hap5016982Wang CY et al., 2011noneA11b:309.1C, 315.1C, 523-524d, 3204, 6164, 6962, 16390N
Hap5016983Wang CY et al., 2011noneA11b:309.1C, 315.1C, 523-524d, 3204, 6164, 6962
Hap5016984Wang CY et al., 2011noneA11b:309.1C, 315.1C, 523-524d, 3204, 6164, 6962

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.

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Peoples: Nakhi | Places: China and Tibet

Last Updated: Last updated: March 8, 2018 at 11:46 am

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