Metapopulation information

The haplotype frequencies can be sensibly reported in groups of spatially distributed populations (Metapopulations) sharing a common ancestry and thus a similar pool of deep-rooting lineages. To describe the hierarchy of metapopulations we use a knowledge-based terminology, which incorporates linguistic, geographical and genetic resources, e.g. Eurasian-European–Western European or East Asian-Korean (see Willuweit S., Roewer L. (2015), ‘The new Y Chromosome Haplotype Reference Database.’, Forensic Sci Int Genet 15, 43-8 [Pubmed] [DOI]).

Metapopulation substructure

Distribution of European metapopulations

Metapopulation distribution

Figure taken from Roewer L., Croucher PJ., Willuweit S., Lu TT., Kayser M., Lessig R., Knijff D., Jobling MA., Tyler Smith C., Krawczak M. (2005), ‘Signature of recent historical events in the European Y-chromosomal STR haplotype distribution.’, Hum Genet 116(4), 279-91 [Pubmed] [DOI] to illustrate the distribution of European metapopulations.

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