Age: Undetermined
Origin: Asia
Mutations: T152C! G6962A G8865A A12777G
FTDNA Tree: Link
Parent Branch: A8a
Descendant branch(s):


Haplogroup A8a1 is a branch on the maternal tree of humanity. It likely was born in Asia, but the specific region is not yet clear.

Information comes from two published studies. The first found it in the Buryat of Siberia (Derenko et al., 2007). The second found it in Poland (Mielnik-Sikorska et al., 2013).

Geno 2 data includes someone with maternal origins in Syria as well as people in the United States with European ancestry.

Mielnik-Sikorska et al., 2013 suggested that A8a1 was brought to Europe by migrations from Siberia. However considering its presence in Syria, it is equally possible that it was carried north from the Middle East in known historic migrations.

mtDNA Haplogroup A8a1 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.

15A8a1T152C! G6962A G8865A A12777GReleased 30 Sep 2012
16A8a1T152C! G6962A G8865A A12777GReleased 19 Feb 2014
17A8a1T152C! G6962A G8865A A12777GReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup A8a1 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
Hap5011835Mielnik-Sikorska et al., 2013A8a1:16189A8a1:315.1C, 523-524d, 5811, 9318, 16519
Hap5015783Derenko et al., 2007noneA8a1:199, 315.1C, 523-524d, 16066

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
Hap10043038United StatesUnited StatesSyriaSyria
Hap10043039United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10043040United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States

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: Buryat | Places: Poland, Siberia, and Syria

Last Updated: Last updated: August 12, 2016 at 19:11 pm

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