A predominant European ancestry of paternal lineages from Canary Islanders

Ann Hum Genet. 2003 Mar;67(Pt 2):138-52. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-1809.2003.00015.x.


We genotyped 24 biallelic sites and 5 microsatellites from the non-recombining portion of the Y chromosome in 652 males from the Canary Islands. The results indicate that, contrary to mtDNA data, paternal lineages of the current population are overwhelmingly (>90%) of European origin, arguing for a highly asymmetric pattern of mating after European occupation. However, the presence of lineages of indisputable African assignation demonstrates that an aboriginal background still persists (<10%). On the basis of distribution and dating of some of these lineages we derived a genetic perspective of settlement processes of the archipelago in two stages, congruent with anthropological, archaeological and linguistic findings.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Africa
  • Alleles
  • Chromosomes, Human, Y*
  • DNA, Mitochondrial
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Europe
  • Fathers
  • Genetic Variation
  • Genotype
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Microsatellite Repeats*
  • Phylogeny
  • Polymorphism, Genetic
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Spain


  • DNA, Mitochondrial