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October 08, 2003

Brother, you got a J haplogroup

Dienekes has a great post related to my blog about demic diffusion. He notes that haplogroup J, which is a marker for "Neolithic expansion" into Europe from the Middle East has two clades, Eu9 and Eu10, and while the former is found among the peoples of the northern Middle East/Anatolia/Caucasus, the latter is found among the southern peoples of Arabia. While Europeans tend to have Eu9 (with decreasing frequency north and west), North Africans have Eu10. Dienekes also notes that Kurdish Muslims tend to carry Eu9 while Kurdish Jews are marked by Eu10. On an interesting note, Dienekes also finishes with the factoid that the people of Punjab tends to have Eu9, not Eu10. Go read the whole post.

Posted by razib at 12:22 PM




J is a haplogroup not a haplotype. This explains it pretty well.

Posted by: Dienekes at October 8, 2003 04:23 PM


thanks, fixed!

Posted by: razib at October 8, 2003 04:36 PM


Very interesting data. Though I do wonder whether the original researchers put "Macedonian" in quotes, as Dienekes feels obliged to do :-)

Posted by: bbartlog at October 8, 2003 05:50 PM


>> Though I do wonder whether the original researchers put "Macedonian" in quotes, as Dienekes feels obliged to do :-)

Thanks for the comment. I went back to read the Semino paper, and it turns out that the Macedonians were real ones, not the ones from FYROM. I will thus remove the quotes.

Posted by: Dienekes at October 8, 2003 08:06 PM