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For people who have tested and are assigned the maternal haplogroup K1c or who are believed to have had that maternal haplogroup based on descendants tested.

Defining mutations

  • 146C, 152C, 498.


Haplogroup K has an estimated age of about 12,000 years. In his popular book The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes named the originator of the K haplogroup Katrine. (Source: Wikipedia, Haplogroup U (mtDNA))


Haplogroup K makes up a sizeable fraction of European and West Asian mtDNA lineages. It is now known it is actually a subclade of haplogroup U8b'K, and is believed to have first arisen in northeastern Italy. Haplogroup UK shows some evidence of being highly protective against AIDS progression.

Subclades of K

Distribution and subclades of K1c

  • K1c1: According to William Hurst the group "K1c1 is very old and may have originated close to the Caucasus."
    • K1c1a: Found in Italy.
    • K1c1b: Found in Northern Europe.
    • K1c1c: Found in Finland and European Russia.
    • K1c1d: Found in Germany.
    • K1c1e: Found in the Carpathians and Russia.
    • K1c1f: Found in Central Europe.
  • K1c2: Found in western and northern Europe , Maghreb and Tajikistan.
    • K1c2a: Found in Ireland.

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