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Re: E3a (M2) 's country
In Response To: Re: E3a (M2) 's country ()

Clearly..., and yes the G8 definition of the middle east does indeed include North Africa as part of the Middle East.

Regarding the haplogroup, yes that is one of the current view of the E3a based on nascent breadth testing. Note that is mainly the Bantu population that has the high frequency of E3a. The challenge of course is finding the correct subgroup among huge population of multiple groups for the personal search to be meaningful.

You should know that E3a are understood to have originated in North Africa, and spread south into Sub-Saharan. Indeed, it is this western expansion that links to the area that a lot of African Americans have their roots. However, there has been E3a populations in East Africa since early times, not just the west. Most know that there was also an eastern expansion as well that migrated east to the Egyptian Nile and beyond at the beginning of the arid phase.

In North Africa, it is common among Berbers, Tunisians and Moroccan Arabs. Even, Haplogroup E3a entered Britain with the African slave trade in the late sixteenth century. It is found everywhere (ex: north, east, middle east), yet highest concentration is the western region. Clearly, there is a lot more complexity now.

I'm targeting specific studies in all areas to learn more. For example, Kenya has 52% E3as in their population. I notice the NRY diversity plays role in the dilution. Also, I'm looking into the Mandenka.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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