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Age: 7,486.9 ± 4,022.6; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Western Europe
Mutations: 60.1TT 64-65d G11696A
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Parent Branch: W5
Descendant branch(s): W5b1


Haplogroup W5b is a branch on the maternal tree of humanity.

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: W5b
Age: To Be Determined
Origin: Western Europe
Blurb: Born in Western Europe, today this rare lineage is present most often in the Netherlands, Norway, and Germany.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic

mtDNA Haplogroup W5b 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
14 W5b 60.1TT T65d G11696A Released 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15 W5b 60.1TT T65d G11696A Released 30 Sep 2012
16 W5b 60.1TT T65d G11696A Released 19 Feb 2014
17 W5b 60.1TT 64-65d G11696A Released 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup W5b 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
Hap5002434 Behar et al., 2012b W5b:65d W5b:58, 64d, 71d, 195, 315.1C, 8618, 9809, 16093

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 28, 2018 at 19:09 pm

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