Retief DNA Deep Ancestry

The DNA analysis for Hans Retief, Barbara’s brother, shows that the South African Retief males are haplogroup R1b, the most common in European populations, with 52% in France. They expanded throughout Europe after the last glacial maximum, 10 to 12 thousand years ago. The maternal mtDNA is haplogroup H, again the most common in Europe. This group started about 20,000 years ago in the Dordogne region of south-west France (famous for the Lascaux cave paintings).┬áThe Morkel deep ancestry is also shown on our website under “Morkel Ancestors”, with my (ATM) paternal y-DNA haplogroup I1 and maternal mtDNA haplogroup also H.

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