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Haplogroup NO (Y-DNA)

In human genetics, Haplogroup NO (M214) is a human Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup. Haplogroup NO is a descendant branch of the greater Haplogroup K (M9) and a phylogenetic sibling of Haplogroup K2, Haplogroup L, Haplogroup M, and Haplogroup P.



The M214 mutation that defines Haplogroup NO occurred in a gamete of a man who belonged to Haplogroup K and who probably lived somewhere in Eurasia east of the Aral Sea about 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. This man has become the direct patrilineal ancestor of a very large percentage of present-day humans, as he is the forefather of both Haplogroup N and Haplogroup O, which together are overwhelmingly dominant throughout North and East Eurasia.

Haplogroup NO*, which comprises all Y-chromosomes in the Haplogroup NO-M214 line that do not belong to either of the common descendant haplogroups N or O, is found extremely rarely among the males of modern human populations, with its highest reported sampled frequency being about 2.3%, or 6 of 259 individuals, in a sample of men from Japan.[1] The same study also reported finding Haplogroup NO* Y-chromosomes at even lower frequencies among males from Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia. However, a comparison with other studies of Y-chromosome variation in the East Eurasian region shows that Haplogroup NO* Y-chromosomes have actually been found only among populations of Xinjiang in western China near the border with Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan; among populations of Inner Mongolia that speak an Altaic language; among populations that reside in close proximity to the eastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau and speak a Tibeto-Burman language; and, of course, among populations of Japan. The general impression is that Haplogroup NO* patrilines persist at low but detectable frequencies on the (particularly western and northeastern) fringes of China or the greater Sinosphere. Nowhere do Haplogroup NO* Y-chromosomes comprise more than a tiny fraction of the total Y-chromosome diversity of any population.

The reason for the nearly complete extinction of Haplogroup NO* patrilines, in stark contrast with the preeminent success of Haplogroup NO-M214's other descendants, Haplogroup N in North Eurasia and Haplogroup O in East Eurasia, is unclear; however, this situation seems to be a good parallel to the near-extinction of Haplogroup P* patrilines in all regions except northern Central Asia despite the dominance of Haplogroup P's other descendants, Haplogroup R and Haplogroup Q, in West Eurasia and the Americas, respectively. It is likely that both repeated founder effects and strong genetic drift in small ancestral populations of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers are responsible for shaping the Y-chromosome distribution that is found in modern human populations.


The subclades of Haplogroup NO with their defining mutation, according to the 2006 ISOGG tree:

  • NO (M214)
    • NO*
    • N (LLY22g, M231)
      • N*
      • N1 (M128) Found at a low frequency among Manchu, Sibe, Manchurian Evenks, Koreans, northern Han Chinese, Buyei, and some Turkic peoples of Central Asia
      • N2 (P43) Typical of Northern Samoyedic peoples; also found at low to moderate frequency among some other Uralic peoples, Turkic peoples, Mongolic peoples, Tungusic peoples, and Eskimos
        • N2*
        • N2a (P63)
      • N3 (Tat (M46)) Typical of the Sakha and Uralic peoples, with a moderate distribution throughout North Eurasia
        • N3*
        • N3a (M178)
          • N3a*
          • N3a1 (P21)
    • O (M175)
      • O*
      • O1 (MSY2.2)
        • O1*
        • O1a (M119) Typical of Austronesians, southern Han Chinese, and Tai-Kadai peoples
          • O1a*
          • O1a1 (M101)
          • O1a2 (M50, M103, M110)
      • O2 (P31, M268)
        • O2*
        • O2a (M95) Typical of Austro-Asiatic peoples, Tai-Kadai peoples, Malays, and Indonesians, with a moderate distribution throughout South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Central Asia
          • O2a*
          • O2a1 (M88, M111)
            • O2a1*
            • O2a1a (PK4)
          • O2a2 (M297)
        • O2b (SRY465 (M176))
          • O2b*
          • O2b1 (P49) Typical of Koreans
            • O2b1*
            • O2b1a (47z) Typical of Japanese and Ryukyuans
      • O3 (M122) Typical of populations of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and culturally Austronesian regions of Oceania, with a moderate distribution in Central Asia
        • O3*
        • O3a (M324)
          • O3a*
          • O3a1 (M121, DYS257)
          • O3a2 (M164)
          • O3a3 (LINE1, M159) Found at low to moderate frequency throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia, especially among Hmong-Mien peoples and Han Chinese
          • O3a4 (M7)
            • O3a4*
            • O3a4a (M113, M188, M209)
              • O3a4a*
              • O3a4a1 (N4)
              • O3a4a2 (N5)
          • O3a5 (M134) Typical of Sino-Tibetan peoples, with a moderate distribution throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia
            • O3a5*
            • O3a5a (M117, M133)
              • O3a5a*
              • O3a5a1 (M162)
            • O3a5b (P101)
          • O3a6 (M300)
          • O3a7 (M333)


  1. ^
  • Hammer et al., "Dual origins of the Japanese: common ground for hunter-gatherer and farmer Y chromosomes," © The Japan Society of Human Genetics and Springer-Verlag 2005

See also

Human Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) haplogroups

Y-most recent common ancestor
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