MTDNA Haplogroup W6

W6 is identified by the 4093 and 8614 coding region mutations, and the HVR1 16192 and 16325 mutations. W6, together with W3, W4, and W5, were descendants of a woman with a 194 mutation born in northwest India around 14,000 years ago. W6 appeared in the area between the Black and Caspian Seas, perhpas in what is now Georgia, around 10,000 years ago. The modern distribution of modern results, unique among W subgroups, seems to indicate a migration into Anatolia, then into Europe. This would correspond to the spread of agriculture by the first Neolithic farmers, also beginning 10,000 years ago. There is another thread, along the trade routes of Russia and Asia, and then down into India. This could represent very early population movements in the immediate post-glacial period; or the later trade in slaves along the same routes.

The designated W6 subgroups are:

W6 Tree
How to Read These Phylogenetic Trees

There are no less than 14 undesignated lineages in the full coding region results and another 10 or so detectable in the HVR1/2 results. These follow the pattern of a dispersal from Georgia into Anatolia, and then into the Middle East, and along the Black Sea and up the Danube into Europe. THis is a clear signal of the first agriculturalists.

W6 Tree

W6 reaches its highest concentration in modern-day Georgia (5.2% of the population).

W6 Distribution

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