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Age: 7,208.0 ± 3,742.7; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Western Europe
Mutations: T4646C T6297C T8705C
Parent Branch: W6
Descendant branch(s): W6b1


Haplogroup W6b is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 3,500 and 11,000 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: W6b
Age: To Be Determined
Origin: Western Europe
Blurb: This point in your ancestors' journey took place in Western Europe. Today, this rare lineage is present most often in the British Isles.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic


mtDNA Haplogroup W6b 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.

14W6bT4646C T6297C T8705CReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15W6bT4646C T6297C T8705CReleased 30 Sep 2012
16W6bT4646C T6297C T8705CReleased 19 Feb 2014
17W6bT4646C T6297C T8705CReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup W6b 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
Hap5002855Behar et al., 2012bW6b:204, 16129W6b:309.1CC, 315.1C, 5899.1C, 11864, 12362, 15331
Hap5004466Behar et al., 2012bW6b:194W6b:234R, 315.1C, 524.1AC, 1719, 7642, 14755
Hap5007432Greenspan et al., 2006 - 2016W6b:204, 16129W6b:309.1CC, 315.1C, 11864, 12362, 15331
Hap5008723Fernandes et al., 2012W6b:16292W6b:309.1C, 315.1C, 316, 16124, 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
Hap10099838United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099839United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099840United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099842United StatesUnited StatesUnspecifiedUnited States
Hap10099843United StatesUnited StatesUnspecifiedUnited 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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