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Age: 26,681.5 ± 4,339.3; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: West Asia
Mutations: A10550G T11299C T14798C T16224C T16311C!
FTDNA Tree: Link
Parent Branch: U8b
Descendant branch(s): K1 K2 K3


Haplogroup K is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. It is a child of haplogroup U8b. It was likely born in the West Asia around 27,000 years ago. (Behar et al., 2012b)

West Asia - Wikipedia

West Asia


Most researchers consider the birthplace of K to be in West Asia.


Behar et al., 2012b placed the birth of the K lineage between 22,300 and 31,000 years ago. This means the line was born in the Upper Paleolithic. People were using stone tools.

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This timeline is an overview of the K branch's history from the first early people to the birth of the first woman from the K lineage. (View in new tab.)

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: K
Age: 31,400 Years Ago
Origin: West Asia
Blurb: This branch of your maternal ancestors' journey was born in West Asia. It has followed many of the same migration paths as its ancestors. A possible participant in the Neolithic Revolution, this line has left diverse subtypes throughout West Asia. There it is between 5 percent and 16 percent of the population groups, and in Europe, where it is between 10 percent and 18 percent of the population groups. It has a high frequency of 16 percent in the Druze population.Geneticists have found this lineage in several archaeological sites such as the Neolithic site of Tell Halula in Syria.

Three of this line's subtypes make up three of the four most common maternal lineages in Ashkenazi Jews.

Interest Point: Ötzi the Iceman was a member of this lineage.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic

mtDNA Haplogroup K 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.

01K3480 10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 27 Aug 2008
02K3480 10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 14 Oct 2008
05K3480 10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 8 Jul 2009
06K3480 10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 28 Sep 2009
07K3480 10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 10 Nov 2009
08K3480 10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 21 Mar 2010
09K10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 20 Jun 2010
10K10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 10 Aug 2010
11K10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 7 Feb 2011
12K10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 20 Jul 2011
13K10550 11299 14798 16224 16311Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14KA10550G T11299C T14798C T16224C T16311C!Released 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15KA10550G T11299C T14798C T16224C T16311C!Released 30 Sep 2012
16KA10550G T11299C T14798C T16224C T16311C!Released 19 Feb 2014
17KA10550G T11299C T14798C T16224C T16311C!Released 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup K 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

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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