<tr><th>Descendants</th> <td>N1, A, I, W, R, X</td></tr>
Haplogroup N
Possible time of origin unknown, approx. 80000 years ago
Possible place of origin Africa
Ancestor L3
Defining mutations 73, 7028, 11719, 12705, 14766, 16223

In human genetics, Haplogroup N is a human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroup.

An enormous haplogroup spanning many continents[1], the macro-haplogroup N is a branch of the African haplogroup L3, and is believed to have originated in Africa some 60,000 to 80,000 years before present.

The two haplogroups M and N are believed to represent the initial migration by modern humans out of Africa. Haplogroup N is the ancestral haplogroup to almost all European and Oceanian haplogroups in addition to many Asian and Amerindian ones.

Its descendant haplogroups include the macro-haplogroup R (and its descendants) and haplogroups N1, A, I, W, and X.

On an 18 November 2005 broadcast of the Today Show, during an interview with Dr. Spencer Wells, host Ann Curry was revealed to belong to Haplogroup N. [2]


  1. ^ Haplogroups I & N.
  2. ^ Family tree project helps trace deep history

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Human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups

  most recent common mt-ancestor    
L0   L1  
L2 L3   L4 L5 L6 L7
  M N  
CZ D E G Q   A I O   R   S W X Y
C Z B F pre-HV   pre-JT P  UK

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