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What are the most typical mtDNA subclades in Eire?

I’ve been co-administrator on the Eire mtDNA Challenge for a number of years, together with venture founder Katherine Borges. Once I did this evaluation (July 2019) there have been over 2500 folks within the venture. That determine is now nearer to 3000.

Challenge members are self-selected – in different phrases, they imagine they’ve Irish ancestry on their direct feminine line (mom’s mom’s mom’s line). This has sure vital implications and limitations. Firstly, these outcomes could also be a more true reflection of the subclade prevalence among the many Irish diaspora relatively than the present-day inhabitants in Eire itself. Secondly, biases as a consequence of founder results among the many diaspora inhabitants are prone to have launched a certain quantity of skew into these outcomes. And as a consequence, these outcomes will not be prone to be a real reflection of the prevalence of those subclades in both trendy Eire or historic Eire (say 2000 years in the past) … however they could be shut (extra to the previous than the latter). Moreover, the sheer weight of numbers on this evaluation is prone to minimise any “outliers” and scale back the affect of any biases (with out eradicating them utterly). In different phrases, that is in all probability near what we’d get with a Actual World pattern (if we have been to take one).

The Eupedia web site features a simplified model of the mtDNA Haplotree (beneath). This may be thought-about to be the Tree of Womankind as a result of mtDNA permits us to trace again in time alongside the direct feminine line (mom, mom, mom, and many others). Extra fine-detailed variations of the mtDNA haplotree are maintained on the FTDNA web site and the phylotree.org web site. And extra detailed details about mitochondrial DNA could be discovered on Wikipedia and the ISOGG wiki.

The mtDNA-Haplotree = the Tree of Womankind

I sorted the venture knowledge by main haplogroup and subclade, after which added up the numbers for every main subclade in an Excel spreadsheet. Under is the breakdown by main haplogroup. Haplogroup H is the most typical of the haplogroups, accounting for 40% of the members within the venture. An extra 50% is pretty evenly distributed between 5 haplogroups – U 12%, T 10%, Okay 10%, J 10% and I 8%. The remaining 10% of contributors belong to V (4%), W, X & HV (all 2%) with the rest being L (1%) and a small quantity from A, B, C, D, N & R.

Haplogroup H is the most important group inside the venture. Here’s a additional breakdown by subgroup.

Maciamo Hay has compiled a frequency distribution of mtDNA haplogroups for Europe on the Eupedia web site. This evaluation seems to have been carried out in late 2014 / early 2015. Listed here are the frequencies for the UK & Eire (that is primarily based on the checklist of sources on the finish of this text).

Within the Eupedia pattern, the frequencies for Eire are primarily based on solely 299 topics (solely about 12% of the scale of our Eire mtDNA pattern from July 2019). The outcomes are broadly much like what we see within the Eire mtDNA Challenge however of observe I is just 3% (vs 8%), V is included into HV0, and X is just 0.7% (vs 2%). Utilizing the identical classes as these on the Eupedia web site, we get the next comparative desk …

Comparability of the information from Eupedia & Eire mtDNA Challenge

The values for every class are broadly in settlement. Once more, the one notable distinction is for Haplogroup I – that is 7.9% of the whole inhabitants within the Eire mtDNA Challenge pattern however accounts for under 3% of the whole numbers within the Eupedia evaluation.

Evaluating the Irish outcomes to these in England, Scotland & Wales, there’s little or no distinction between the assorted international locations, which isn’t shocking given the same origins of the peoples of those islands, and the comparatively slower fee of mutation of mitochondrial DNA in comparison with Y-DNA. The one notable variations are the marginally greater fee of Okay (10-12% vs 7-8%), and presumably U (0.3-0.5% vs as much as 2.7%).

We will see how these proportions examine to the prevalence of mtDNA subclades in different European international locations from extra Eupedia analyses. You will need to recognize that once we take a look at modern-day geographic distributions of the assorted haplogroups (and their subclades) that we’re solely trying on the survivors – it’s probably that many subgroups died out over time or are very poorly represented in present-day populations.

An instance of present-day geographic distributions (from Eupedia)

The Eupedia web site additionally contains an evaluation of every of the person haplogroups and their main subclades. Listed here are the analyses for the most typical Irish haplogroups:

  • Haplogroup H – most prevalent in Western Europe
  • Haplogroup J – most prevalent in Saudi Arabia, however with hotspots in Wales & Cornwall
  • Haplogroup Okay – widespread in Europe, with numerous hotspots (together with Eire) 
  • Haplogroup T – two principal branches, widespread distribution in Europe with numerous hotspots
  • Haplogroup I – pretty ubiquitous in Europe with hotspots in western Eire and elsewhere
  • Haplogroup U5 – most prevalent in Scandinavia

The prevalence of every of those Haplogroups could be damaged down additional by the assorted subclades (i.e. subgroups). Under is a tabular abstract of the assorted subclades and their frequency within the Eire mtDNA Challenge (click on to enlarge).

mtDNA haplogroup subclades within the Eire mtDNA Challenge (n=2506, July 2019)
(click on to enlarge)

Taken with the outcomes of mtDNA from historic samples, mtDNA knowledge from present-day populations continues to tell us in regards to the migration of Lady out of Africa and the way She populated the remainder of the world. As extra folks undertake mtDNA testing and be a part of the Eire mtDNA Challenge (and comparable initiatives), extra knowledge will probably be accessible on the extra downstream subgroups, and a extra granular, fine-detailed image will start to emerge of the migration of ladies from Europe and into Eire (because the Final Ice Age receded some 12,000 years in the past).

Tree of Womankind with present-day geographic places of the main branches
(from Wikipedia)

Maurice Gleeson

March 2020

Eupedia Sources of mtDNA frequencies for UK & Eire



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