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Age: 18,303.1 ± 6,925.8; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Central Asia
Mutations: C16242T
Parent Branch: A
Descendant branch(s): A8a


Haplogroup A8 is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. The woman who founded this line lived between 11,400 and 25,200 years ago (Behar et al., 2012b).

Information on this branch comes from one published study. That study found members on the Kamchatka Peninsula to the far northeast of Russian Siberia (Volodko et al., 2008).

The line is not yet part of the Geno 2 data set.

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Information

This information comes from the 2012 update of the National Geographic Genographic Project website.


mtDNA Haplogroup A8 - Geno 2.0

mtDNA Haplogroup A8 – Geno 2.0 | Author: Balanovsky, O. et al., 2011 | Copyright: National Geographic



Haplogroup: A8
Age: About 20,000 Years Ago
Origin: Central Asia
Blurb: This branch was born in Central Asia. Groups containing women from this lineage traveled north and east into East Asia. Some descendants of this line remained at the points along this path, and their current distribution shows us the steps of their ancestors' journey.
Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic

mtDNA Haplogroup A8 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.

01A816242Released 27 Aug 2008
02A816242Released 14 Oct 2008
03A816242Released 1 Mar 2009
04A816242Released 10 May 2009
05A816242Released 8 Jul 2009
06A816242Released 28 Sep 2009
07A816242Released 10 Nov 2009
08A816242Released 21 Mar 2010
09A816242Released 20 Jun 2010
10A816242Released 10 Aug 2010
11A816242Released 7 Feb 2011
12A816242Released 20 Jul 2011
13A816242Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14A8C16242TReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15A8C16242TReleased 30 Sep 2012
16A8C16242TReleased 19 Feb 2014
17A8C16242TReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup A8 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
Hap5015526Volodko et al., 2008noneA8:309.1C, 315.1C, 523-524d, 5824, 12175, 16519
Hap5015527Volodko et al., 2008noneA8:309.1CC, 315.1C, 523-524d, 5824, 12175, 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.

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Peoples: | Places: Kamchatka Peninsula

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