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New article, potential source for improvement
See http://download.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/PIIS0960982209020697.pdf?intermediate=true Concerning the subject here:
More surprising is the status of Y-chromosome haplogroup R1, which, unlike mtDNA haplogroup I, is not indigenous to West Eurasia but appears to have originated in South Asia, possibly in the early settlements associated with the southern route dispersal . This appears better substantiated than the alternative suggestion of a Central Asian origin . Two major subclades of R1 appear in Europe: R1b in the west and R1a in the north-east.
Note, South Asia seems the most likely origin place but Central Asia is the other alternative worth considering. The references used by this review can be found following:-
- 64. Kivisild, T., Rootsi, S., Metspalu, M., Mastana, S., Kaldma, K., Parik, J., Metspalu, E., Adojaan, M., Tolk, H.-V., Stepanov, V., et al. (2003). The genetic heritage of the earliest settlers persists both in Indian tribal and caste populations. Am. J. Hum. Genet. 72, 313–332.
- 65. Wells, R.S., Yuldasheva, N., Ruzibakiev, R., Underhill, P.A., Evseeva, I., Blue-Smith, J., Jin, L., Su, B., Pitchappan, R., Shanmugalakshmi, S., et al. (2001). The Eurasian heartland: a continental perspective on Y-chromosome diversity. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 98, 10244–10249.
King Tut, etc.
I added some material and moved things around for what I think will improve the clarity. I added a Reuters cite about King Tut, who was amember of this haplogroup, along with 50 to 98 % of western Europeans. Odd, huh? Bearian (talk) 17:43, 14 September 2011 (UTC)
- I know this story. There was once a news programme which showed pictures of scientists and talked about how scientists were looking at King Tut to see if they could get DNA. Nothing was published, but around the internet, some people analysed the screen shot out of interest. Of course no one knows if the screen show was really King Tut's DNA. There has been no official research announcement, but newspapers eventually picked up the internet originated rumour when a DNA testing company trying to attract business from genealogists mentioned it on a fact on their webpage. Anyway, coming back to Wikipedia, I can not prove all this quickly, but what I can say is that there is an established consensus about being careful about using newspapers when reporting scientific "latest news" like this. Therefore I believe we should attribute the story (..."newspaper reports say"...) and not report it as a certain fact. Readers of Wikipedia should not be given the impression there was a scientific publication about this. BTW, back to random discussion it would not be that surprising. R1b is present in parts of Egypt, for example R-V88 in the Western Desert. It is found scattered all over the Middle East which is not far away. And secondly always keep in mind that Y DNA distributions change quite quickly. Most common Y group found in old European samples is G, which is rare today.--Andrew Lancaster (talk) 18:06, 14 September 2011 (UTC)