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Age: 3,194.5 ± 4,416.1; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: South Asia
Mutations: T10245C
FTDNA Tree: Link
Parent Branch: W3a1
Descendant branch(s):


Haplogroup W3a1b is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. The woman who started this branch lived at some point between recent generations and 7,600 years ago (Behar et al., 2012b).

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: W3a1b
Age: To Be Determined
Origin: South Asia
Blurb: This lineage was born in South Asia. Today it is present almost exclusively in India, where it is about 8 percent of the population.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic

mtDNA Haplogroup W3a1b 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.

13W3a1b10245Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14W3a1bT10245CReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15W3a1bT10245CReleased 30 Sep 2012
16W3a1bT10245CReleased 19 Feb 2014
17W3a1bT10245CReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup W3a1b 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
Hap5007532Greenspan et al., 2006 - 2016noneW3a1b:309.1C, 315.1C, 15019, 16362
Hap5009284Govindaraj et al., 2011W3a1b:146, 5460W3a1b:207R, 309.1C, 315.1C, 3106N, 3350, 14258
Hap5009288Govindaraj et al., 2011W3a1b:146, 11947W3a1b:309.1C, 315.1C, 3106N, 8952, 14258, 16093, 16104
Hap5012102Palanichamy et al., 2004W3a1b:146W3a1b:309.1C, 315.1C, 2389, 8477G, 14484, 15490, 16297
Hap5021241Olivieri et al., 2013noneW3a1b:225, 309.1C, 315.1C, 5186, 11194, 15952, 16243

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
Hap10099054United KingdomPakistanPakistanPakistan

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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