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Haplogroup V

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The Haplogroup V lineage tends to be concentrated to western, central, and northern Europe. Its estimated age is 15,000 years old, suggesting its origin during the 5,000 years or so that early Europeans were confined to the Iberian Peninsula, Italy, and the Balkans due to uninhabitable, colder temperatures up north. Haplogroup V is found in 12% of Basques and 5% in many other western European populations. It is also found in Algeria and Morocco, suggesting that these populations migrated south out of the Iberian Peninsula across the Straight of Gibraltar and into North Africa. The genetic diversity gradually reduces as you move further east, indicating the migratory direction these groups followed during the resettlement of the European continent.[1]

Haplogroup V attains its highest frequency in the Skolt Saami of northern Scandinavia, an indigenous population of hunter-gatherers who herd reindeer from Siberia to Scandinavia. Haplogropu V makes up about half the mitochondrial lineages in the Saami, but its genetic diversity is considerably reduced compared to that observed in Western Europe, suggesting that it was introduced into the Saami within the past few thousand years.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Africa to Aotearoa: A Genetic Ancestry Study of New Zealand, accessed online on 19 Aug 2019

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