Y-chromosome lineages in native South American population

Forensic Sci Int Genet. 2010 Apr;4(3):187-93. doi: 10.1016/j.fsigen.2009.08.008. Epub 2009 Sep 19.


The present work tries to investigate the population structure and variation of the Amerindian indigenous populations living in Argentina. A total of 134 individuals from three ethnic groups (Kolla, Mapuche and Diaguitas) living in four different regions were collected and analysed for 26 Y-SNPs and 11 Y-STRs. Intra-population variability was analysed, looking for population substructure and neighbour populations were considered for genetic comparative analysis, in order to estimate the contribution of the Amerindian and the European pool, to the current population. We observe a high frequency of R1b1 and Q1a3a* Y-chromosome haplogroups, in the ethnic groups Mapuche, Diaguita and Kolla, characteristic of European and Native American populations, respectively. When we compare our native Argentinean population with other from the South America we also observe that frequency values for Amerindian lineages are relatively lower in our population. These results show a clear Amerindian genetic component but we observe a predominant European influence too, suggesting that typically European male lineages have given rise to the displacement of genuinely Amerindian male lineages in our South American population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Argentina
  • Chromosomes, Human, Y*
  • DNA Fingerprinting
  • DNA Primers
  • Ethnicity / genetics*
  • Genetic Markers
  • Genetics, Population*
  • Haplotypes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polymorphism, Single Nucleotide
  • Tandem Repeat Sequences


  • DNA Primers
  • Genetic Markers