|Origin-Date:||less than 18,500 years BP|
|Members:||People of Atlantic Europe (Welsh 89%, Basque 88%, Irish 81%, Northern Portuguese 81%, Catalan 79%, Scottish 77%, English 75%, other Spanish 70%, Dutch 70%, Belgians 63%, Southern Portuguese 60%, Ossetians 43%, Italian 40%, German 39%, etc.)|
More specifically, its frequency is highest in Atlantic Europe and, due to European emigration, in North America, South America, and Australia. In southern England, the frequency of R1b is about 70%, and in parts of north and western England, northern Spain, Portugal, France, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland the frequency of R1b is greater than 90%. R1b is the most frequent haplogroup in Germany and it is also found among Italians, particularly in northern Italy.
Haplogroup R1b is defined by the presence of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) M343, which was discovered in 2004. From 2002 to 2005, R1b was defined by the presence of SNP P25. Prior to 2002, today's Haplogroup R1b had a number of names in differing nomenclature systems, such as Hg1 and Eu18.
R1b is believed to have originated in western Europe where it reaches its highest frequencies. However, some research now shows that R1b's variance increases as one moves east, leading to the competing view that R1b likely originated further east than previously thought. Some geneticists now believe that R1b arose in Central Asia or Southwest Asia.
By 2008, T. Karefet et al., based on the latest discoveries on polymorphisms, rearranged the human paternal phylogenetic tree by adding one new haplogroup and altering some of the estimated ages of previously known haplogroups, including the parent haplogroup to R1b, R1, now considered to have originated 18,500 BP.
R1b is a descendant of Haplogroup R1, which is defined by the presence of SNP marker M173.
Systematic descent-based names of the subclades have been changing rapidly with the discovery of new SNPs clarifying and augmenting the descent tree. The indentifiers below are those from the November 2008 revision of the ISOGG tree.
|Long-hand:||R1b1b2 (formerly R1b1c, R1b3)|
Most of the present-day European males with the M343 marker also have the P25 and M269 markers. These markers define the R1b1b2 subclade.
This subgroup is believed by some to have existed before the last Ice Age and has been associated with the Aurignacian culture (32,000 - 21,000 BC). Archeological evidence supports the view of the arrival of Aurignacian culture to Anatolia from Europe during the Upper Paleolithic rather than from the Iranian plateau. Traditionally this culture is associated with the Cro-Magnon people, the first modern humans to enter Europe, however, this view has recently been challenged. However, a link to the Aurignacian culture is unlikely as new age estimates suggest that R1b's parent, R1, is only about 18,500 years old.
Although the precise route of the M269 marker is not known, it is theorized to have originated in Central Asia/South Central Siberia. It could have entered prehistoric Europe from the area of Ukraine/Belarus or Central Asia (Kazakhstan) via the coasts of the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea. It is considered to have entered Europe sometime after the Last Glacial Maximum.
The glaciation of the ice age intensified, and the continent became increasingly uninhabitable. The genetic diversity narrowed through founder effects and population bottlenecks, as the population became limited to a few coastal refugia in Southern Europe. The present-day population of R1b in Western Europe are believed to be the descendants of a refugium in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain), where the R1b1b2 haplogroup may have achieved genetic homogeneity. As conditions eased with the Allerød Oscillation in about 12,000 BC, descendants of this group migrated and eventually recolonised all of Western Europe, leading to the dominant position of R1b in variant degrees from Iberia to Scandinavia, so evident in haplogroup maps.http://www.scs.uiuc.edu/~mcdonald/WorldHaplogroupsMaps.pdf
A second R1b1b2 population, reflected in a somewhat different distribution of haplotypes of the more rapidly varying Y-STR markers, appear to have survived alongside other haplogroups in Eastern Europe. However, they do not have the same dominance that R1b has in Western Europe. Instead the most common haplogroup in Eastern Europe is haplogroup R1a1.
(In earlier literature the M269 marker, rather than M343, was used to define the R1b haplogroup. Then, for a time [from 2003 to 2005] what is now R1b1b2 was designated R1b3. From 2005 to 2008 it was R1b1c. This shows how nomenclature can evolve as new markers are discovered and then investigated).
|Subclades:||U198/S29/M405, S26/L1/DYS439(null), L48/S162 (comprising L44, L45, L46, L47), L5, L6, P89.2, P107|
In Europe, the subclade (including downstream S29) has a global distribution going north west to east and is found in higher concentrations in England (21.4%) and Scandinavia (Denmark 17.7%), reaches a maximum in the Netherlands (37.2%) and slopes down to the east through Germany (20.5%) and the Alps (Switzerland 13.3%, Austria 22.7%) towards the Czech Republic (13.9%) and Ukraine (9.4%). Towards North-Eastern Europe the concentration goes down to 8.2% in Poland and 7.2% in Russia. The subclade appears to be omnipresent in Europe, although it becomes less pronounced in Ireland (5.9%) and France (7.1%) and, further towards the Mediterranean, low values are measured in Spain, Italy (3.5%), the Balkan and Turkey.
The exact technical definition of the SNP was not initially released for commercial reasons, but the same marker was subsequently independently identified (as their "U106") by Sims et al (2007) http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/homepages/38515/pdf/940.pdf. Family Tree DNA started to test the U152 and U106 on 21 February 2008.
Downstream of U106 are U198/S29/M467, P107, L1/S26/DYS439(null), L48/S162 (with "private" L44, L45, L46 and L47).
U198/S29/M467: was discovered by EthnoAncestry. Although attested in southern England and Germany in the region previously inhabited by the Saxons, it is unknown if this marker arrived in England with the Anglo-Saxons in the 5th Century. Only low values of the marker have been detected over a wide area that besides England (1.4%) and Germany (1.8%) includes the Netherlands (maximum value 2.1%), Denmark (0.9%) and Russia (1.8%).
P107: ... (needs editing).
P89.2: ... (needs editing).
L1/S26/DYS439(null): occurs in less than half of a percent of R1b males, mainly with roots in the south and east of England and in Germany. L1, first discovered by Family Tree DNA, then confirmed and named S26 by EthnoAncestry, is located in the flanking region of DYS439, and when it occurs, it inhibits the FTDNA primers from binding, thus producing an apparent null allele or "null439". FTDNA displays null alleles at DYS439 with aBlue 12> on public pages, and with a Blue asterisk> beside 439 on personal results pages. Other testing companies do report detecting null 439s. For further information, see the null439 project at http://www.familytreedna.com/public/null439.
L48/S162: began to be tested by 23andMe during Fall 2008, but also by FTDNA as of February 2009. This subclade is a brother clade to U198 and L1, probably larger than both. Unknown relationship with P107. Based on test results from 85 people, L48 is expected to represent around 55-65% of those tested positive for U106. Downstream of L48 are L44, L45, L46 and L47, all being so far detected by FTDNA in two of their tested members so far.
L5 and L6: It is not clear yet how they relate to L48/S162.
|Defining SNP:||P312 (also called S116, rs34276300)|
|Subclades:||R-M153, R-M167, R-U152, R-L21|
The P312 SNP is downstream of M269 and upstream of the M37, M65, M153, M167, M222 and U152 SNPs, but not U106. It appears to divide R1b1b2 in half. Although unpublished it was included in chip-based commercial DNA tests towards the end of 2007 and analysis of the first available results in early 2008 by amateur geneticists indicated it has a significant place in the Y-DNA tree. This led to rapid development of stand-alone tests by both EthnoAncestry and Family Tree DNA. The results from customers of these companies and testing of control samples for the rarer SNPs have confirmed the status of S116 relative to the above list.
R-M153: This haplogroup has been found mostly in Basques and Gascons, among whom it represents a sizeable fraction of the Y-DNA pool  , though is also found occasionally among Iberians in general. The first time it was located (Bosch 2001) it was described as H102 and included 7 Basques and one Andalusian.
R-M167/SRY2627: The first author to test for this marker (long before modern haplogroup nomenclature existed) was Hurles in 1999 . He found it relatively common among Basques (13/117: 11%) and Catalans (7/32: 22%). Other occurrences were found among other Spanish, Béarnais, other French, British and Germans.
In 2000, Rosser also tested for that same marker, naming the haplogroup Hg22, and again it was found mainly among Basques (19%), in lower frequencies among French (5%), Bavarians (3%), Spanish (2%), Southern Portuguese (2%), and in single occurrences among Romanians, Slovenians, Dutch, Belgians and English.
In 2001, Bosch described this marker as H103, in 5 Basques and 5 Catalans. Further regional studies have located it in significative amounts in Asturias, Cantabria and Galicia, as well as again among Basques. Cases in the Azores and Latin America have also been reported. A total of 85 individuals with this haplogroup have been found so far, almost all of them in academic studies, making it the best documented R1b1b2 subclade .
In 2008, two research papers by López-Parra and Adams, respectively, identified it as very important in all the Pyrenees, with some presence further south in Iberia (specially in the Eastern half but also in Northern Portugal). It is specially prevalent among Catalans, where it includes some 20% of all men.
The R-U152 (formerly R1b1c10) subclade i (also called S28) and its discovery was announced in 2005 by EthnoAncestry. Although sample sizes are relatively small, it appears to reach a maximum in Alpine Germany and Switzerland. Ethnoancestry's commercial and research branches have shown that U152 is found from Greece westward to the Bay of Biscay in France. It appears to follow the distribution of the La Tene Celtic peoples. The percentages here are much less than found in the Alps. It has yet to be found anywhere in Ireland or Spain. Northern Italy seems to be a meeting place for both U106 and U152. Like U106, U152's specifications were not initially officially published by EthnoAncestry against their previous assertions that data would be publicly published; but again the marker was subsequently identified independently by Sims et al (2007). http://www.geocities.com/mcewanjc/s28.htm
A recent Y-SNP to surface is S68 which was reported by EthnoAncestry in 2007. It was originally considered to be what was once referred to as a "private SNP" and by EthnoAncestry as a "Family SNP", but was recently seen in someone from another part of Europe, and with a different surname. It is only with continued research that the time depth of these markers can be estimated. At present S68 has been seen in an individual from Scotland and another from Sweden. EthnoAncestry has determined that this subclade is unlikely to be found in much more than 2% of the R1b population and is thus not considered a polymorphism.
Early results as of November 2008 suggest that R-L21 is common in the British Isles, and is yet to be observed so far in Iberian ancestry. Its subclade R-M222 is particularly associated with the Irish and Scots. In this case, the relatively high frequency of this specific subclade among the population of certain counties in northwestern Ireland may be due to positive social selection, as R1b1b2a1b6b is believed to have been the Y-chromosome haplogroup of the kings of the Uí Néill clan of ancient Ireland.
Besides the ubiquitous R1b1b2, other subclades descended from haplogroup R1b1 have been identified, including R1b1b1 (M73), R1b1a (M18), and R1b1c (M335). Haplogroup R1b1b1 (M73), which represents the closest patrilineal relatives of haplogroup R1b1b2 (M269), has been found in SE Europe and SW Asia and at generally low frequencies throughout central Eurasia. Haplogroup R1b1a (M18) has been found only at low frequencies in samples from Sardinia and Lebanon. Haplogroup R1b1c-M335 has been identified in Cameroon and in a sample from Turkey.
Though haplogroup R chromosomes are generally quite rare in Africa, R-P25* (R1b1*) chromosomes are found at remarkably high frequencies in northern Cameroon (60.7–94.7%), especially among the Ouldeme of Northern Cameroon in west central Africa, aging at least 4,100 years. R1*-M173 are also observed in the Bantu of southern Cameroon (14.3%), Oman (10.7%), Egypt (6.8%), and the Hutu (1.4%). Whereas the R1*-M173 undifferentiated lineage is present in all four populations, the two downstream mutations, M17 (R1a1) and M269 (R1b1b2), are confined to Egypt and Oman. It is plausible that the African and Omani R1*-M173 chromosomes may be relics of an ancient back migration from Asia to Africa, which may have been a southern branch of an Upper Paleolithic westward expansion of this clade. The antiquity of the M173 backflow is implied by the total lack in sub-Saharan Africa of downstream mutations R1a1-M17 and R1b1b2-M269, associated with the post–Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) reinhabitation of Eurasia.
R1b reaches its highest frequency in Atlantic Europe. Results from studies with small sample sizes should be treated with caution until more thorough testing is completed.
In southern England, the frequency of R1b is about 70%, and in parts of north and western England, Portugal, Spain, France, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland the frequency of R1b is greater than 90%.
It is found in Basques: 88.1%, Catalans: 79.2%,, other Spanish: 70%,, Belgians: 63.0%, Portuguese 60%,, Italians (continental Italy): 40%, Germans: 39%, Sicilians: 24.5%, Sardinians: 19%, Norwegians: 25.9%, Swedes: 20%.
In North-eastern Europe, it is found in Czechs & Slovaks: 35.6%, Poles: 11.6% -16.4%, Latvians: 15%, Hungarians: 13.3%, Estonians: 9%, Lithuanians: 5%, Belarusians: 4.2%, Russians: 2.8% -21.3%, Ukrainians: 2.0%-18.9%, Sami: 3.9%.
In the Balkans, it is found in Greeks: 13.5% -22.8%, Albanians: 17.6%, Romanians: 13%, Slovenes: 21%, Bulgarians: 17.0%, Croats (mainland): 15.7%, Serbs: 10.6%, Herzegovinians: 3.6%,9.0% in Cypriots,  Bosnians: 1.4%.
One of the best-characterized of these haplotypes is the Atlantic Modal Haplotype (AMH). This haplotype reaches the highest frequencies in the Iberian Peninsula and in Great Britain and Ireland. In the Iberian Peninsula it reaches 33% in Portugal while the highest value is to be found among Spanish Basques. This has additionally been referenced in literature as Haplotype 15.
Another haplotype of R1b, with DYS393=12, has been referenced in the literature as Haplotype 35, or ht35 . They can be found in high numbers in Southeastern Europe and Western Asia. The members of this haplotype are thought to be descended from early R1b's who found shelter in Anatolia during the Last Glacial Maximum instead of in Iberia. Descendants can be found in high numbers in the Armenian Highland and Armenia with smaller numbers throughout the Middle East, in Jewish populations, in Southeastern Europe, and in the Caucasus Mountains. There is also a sizable pocket of ht35 in Uyghur populations in western China, which is theorized to be a remnant of the Tocharians, an Indo-European speaking people that inhabited the Tarim Basin in Central Asia until later being absorbed by various Turkic peoples. Ht35 is also present in Britain in areas that were found to have a high concentration of Haplogroup J, suggesting they arrived together, most likely with the arrival of Roman soldiers.
The technical details of M343 (rs9786184) are:
Nucleotide change: C to A
Position (base pair): 402
Total size (base pairs): 424
Forward 5'? 3': tttaacctcctccagctctgca
Reverse 5'? 3': acccccacatatctccagg
Bryan Sykes, in his book Blood of the Isles, gives the populations associated with R1b the name of Oisín for a clan patriarch, much as he did for mitochondrial haplogroups in The Seven Daughters of Eve. Stephen Oppenheimer also deals with this population group in his book Origins of the British.