New Native American Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup, A4, Discovered

The genetic community continues to learn more about the genesis of our Native ancestors.  A couple of years ago, I suspected that a maternal DNA haplogroup, or clan, that had previously been designated as Asian was found both in European and Native American populations as subgroups.

We have enough participation in DNA projects now to work with these kinds of questions.

The results were not quite what I expected.  The group I thought was going to be Native, was not, but instead we found another group that was.  There are still a couple of other subgroups that are likely Native as well.  A very interesting picture of haplogroup A4 has emerged.

For those interested, I published the results in the article, “Haplogroup A4 Unpeeled – European, Jewish, Asian and Native American.”


About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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