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Age: 10,526.4 ± 4,635.8; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: Undetermined
Mutations: C14668T T14819C
Parent Branch: L5a1
Descendant branch(s):


Haplogroup L5a1b is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 5,900 and 15,200 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

mtDNA Haplogroup L5a1b 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.

01L5a1b14668 14819 16183CReleased 27 Aug 2008
02L5a1b14668 14819 16183CReleased 14 Oct 2008
03L5a1b14668 14819 16183CReleased 1 Mar 2009
04L5a1b14668 14819Released 10 May 2009
05L5a1b14668 14819Released 8 Jul 2009
06L5a1b14668 14819Released 28 Sep 2009
07L5a1b14668 14819Released 10 Nov 2009
08L5a1b14668 14819Released 21 Mar 2010
09L5a1b14668 14819Released 20 Jun 2010
10L5a1b14668 14819Released 10 Aug 2010
11L5a1b14668 14819Released 7 Feb 2011
12L5a1b14668 14819Released 20 Jul 2011
13L5a1b14668 14819Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14L5a1bC14668T T14819CReleased 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15L5a1bC14668T T14819CReleased 30 Sep 2012
16L5a1bC14668T T14819CReleased 19 Feb 2014
17L5a1bC14668T T14819CReleased 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup L5a1b 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
Hap5000661Behar et al., 2008bnoneL5a1b:151, 315.1C, 455.1TT, 523-524d, 3106N, 5375, 14470, 16183C, 16193d, 16519
Hap5000716Behar et al., 2008bnoneL5a1b:204, 315.1C, 455.1TT, 523-524d, 537, 3106N, 3438, 13224, 15734, 16183C, 16187, 16519
Hap5023378Zheng et al., 2012L5a1b:16355L5a1b:204, 455.1TT, 523-524d, 537, 3438, 10873N, 16183N, 16187, 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

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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