For people who have tested and are assigned the maternal haplogroup V or who are believed to have had that maternal haplogroup based on descendants tested.
- Coding mutation 4580
Haplogroup V has an estimated age of about 16,000 years. In his popular book The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes named the originator of this mtDNA haplogroup Velda. It is one of the smallest haplogroups of apparent European origin.
"Haplogroup V first appeared in Iberia toward the end of the Ice Age, about 16,000 years ago, when Europe's human population was mostly restricted to a few temperate enclaves in the southern part of the continent. Aside from a branch that established itself in Sardinia during the period, haplogroup V was mostly confined to the Iberian peninsula until the Ice Age had ended.
"The haplogroup began expanding after consistently warmer conditions arrived about 11,500 years ago. One migration carried it northward along the Atlantic to a low-lying coastal plain rich in game and marine food sources such as seals and sea birds. Known as Doggerland, that region lies under the North Sea today – because so much water was locked up in the polar ice sheets during and immediately after the Ice Age, sea level was lower in the past than it is today.
"Doggerland slipped beneath the waves about 9,000 years ago, but haplogroup V remains at levels of about 5% in countries that border the Atlantic and especially the North Sea. It is most abundant today in Scotland and northern Germany.
"A separate post-Ice Age migration carried haplogroup V through central Europe to western Russia and the Scandinavian Arctic." (23andme.com.)
Haplogroup V reaches its highest frequency in northern Scandinavia (40% of the Sami), northern Spain, the Netherlands (8%), Sardinia, the Croatian islands and the Maghreb. It might have been common in the now submerged Doggerland.
Subclades of V
- Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman
- Bono (Paul David Hewson) (1960- ), Irish musician and philanthropist
How to Participate
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