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Age: 806.1 ± 1,093.1; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Europe
Mutations: T57C 60.1T T139C
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Parent Branch: W5a1a1
Descendant branch(s):


Haplogroup W5a1a1a is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. The woman who started this branch lived at some point between recent generations and 1,900 years ago (Behar et al., 2012b).

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: W5a1a1a
Age: To Be Determined
Origin: Europe
Blurb: Like her nomadic ancestors, this lineage’s founder traveled to Eastern Europe. The branch reached the region around the modern Ukraine in more recent times.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic

mtDNA Haplogroup W5a1a1a 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.

Build# Called Mutations Notes
12 W5a1a1a 57 60.1T 139 Released 20 Jul 2011
13 W5a1a1a 57 60.1T 139 Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14 W5a1a1a T57C 60.1T T139C Released 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15 W5a1a1a T57C 60.1T T139C Released 30 Sep 2012
16 W5a1a1a T57C 60.1T T139C Released 19 Feb 2014
17 W5a1a1a T57C 60.1T T139C Released 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup W5a1a1a 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
Hap5007620 Greenspan et al., 2006 - 2016 W5a1a1a:60.1T W5a1a1a:58.1C, 309.1C, 315.1C

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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Last Updated: Last updated: August 29, 2018 at 6:40 am

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