Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Descendants of Helena

Haplogroup H

Based on the book, The Seven Daughters of Eve, it has been hypothesized that all modern Europeans can be classified into seven groups – the mitochondrial haplogroups.

Each haplogroup is defined by a set of characteristic mutations that can be traced along a person’s maternal line to a SPECIFIC prehistoric woman. These women are referred to as CLAN MOTHERS. Although they didn’t live at the same time together, some clan mothers are descended from others, and not necessarily maternally.

All these women share a common maternal ancestor – the Mitochondrial Eve.
According to the author, Sykes, 36 women who lived thousands of years ago – from whom everyone on earth has descended from, can be traced to these so-called, SEVEN DAUGHTERS OF EVE -- based on the continent they lived, and from whom all native Eropeans are descended.

My mtDNA, and it just so happens, my husband’s mtDNA, is Haplogroup H – This has classified us (according to Sykes) as Descendants of Helena.

Again, these clan mothers are only based on the observations of a scientist - each clan mom is fictitious, colorfully illustrated to give us a glimpse into WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN. Not fact, but interesting nevertheless. In all reality, Haplogroup H is pan-European and found all over the Middle East.

According to the book:
Helena’s clan has grown to become the most widespread and successful of the Seven Daughters of Eve. Her children have reached every shore, settled every forest and crossed every mountain range. Helena’s descendants can be found from the Alps in the South to the Scottish Highlands and the Norwegian fjords in the North, and as far east as the Urals and the Russian steppes.

Helena was born about 20,000 years ago on the strip of land that joins France and Spain, near what is now Perpignan. She belonged to a family of hunters, who harvested the rich oyster beds in the lagoons of the Carmargue to supplement their diet of meat. Helena’s clan arrived in Europe from the Middle East, pushing their way along the Mediterranean, constrained to the narrow strip of land that was still habitable.

Not long after she was born, the glaciers that covered the Pyrenees, which Helena could see on a clear day only thirty miles from her camp, began to draw back as, little by little, the summers grew warmer. Some of her clan moved south of the mountains, up the valley of the Ebro to the West to reach the lands of the Basque, where they remain to this day. The most adventurous of her children took advantage of the climatic improvements and journeyed ever northwards to join the great movement of hunters across the plains of France. We know that they reached England around 12,000 years ago because DNA recovered from a young male skeleton found in Gough’s Cave in Somerset shows that he too belonged to the clan of Helena


More on this haplogroup later...

1 comment:

Posh said...

Very interesting.. I read Mitchem's book Alaska and it really detailed how the American Indians arrived down here.. and what your posting reminds me of it other then our grandmothers didn't come this far south.