Y chromosome DNA haplotyping suggests that most European and Asian men are descended from one of two males

Genomics. 1990 Jul;7(3):325-30. doi: 10.1016/0888-7543(90)90165-q.


Three hypervariable Y chromosome DNA loci have been analyzed in human males. The haplotypes defined allow paternal lineages to be identified. Most of these lineages fall into two groups. This indicates that the ancestry of a large proportion of the men studied can be traced back to one of two males.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Asia
  • Biological Evolution
  • DNA / genetics*
  • Europe
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Haplotypes*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length
  • Restriction Mapping
  • Y Chromosome*


  • DNA