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postglacial recolonization

Wednesday 28 September 2005

- Uncommon subhaplogroup pre*V tends to be scattered throughout Europe (and northwestern Africa)

- Haplogroup V attains two peaks of frequency: one situated in southwestern Europe and one in the Saami of northern Scandinavia.

- Geographical distributions and ages support the scenario that pre*V originated in Europe before the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), whereas the more recently derived haplogroup V arose in a southwestern European refugium soon after the LGM.

- The arrival of Haplogroup V in eastern/central Europe, however, occurred much later, possibly with (post-)Neolithic contacts.

- The distribution of haplogroup V mtDNAs in modern European populations would thus, at least in part, reflect the pattern of postglacial human recolonization from that refugium, affecting even the Saami.

See also

- mitochondrial HVS-I sequences
- western Eurasia
- northern Africa
- mtDNA Haplogroup V

  • subhaplogroup pre*V
    - Iberian refugium


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