I would like to name our ancestors appropriately in this Haploblock.
Since the X chromosome can be transmitted by either a male or a female, I guess we don't know which gender this ancestor would have been. In any case, I can think of two candidate names that are appropriate from a somewhat whimsical perspective... the "66 million" block makes me think of U.S. Route 66, which was constructed largely due to the efforts of a man named Cyrus Avery. The route itself was named "The Will Rogers Highway." I kinda like the sound of "Cyrus" better than "Will." Perhaps you're looking for a more Asian- or African-sounding name though. :)
As for the question about how long ago these founders might have lived... who knows. Given that the average recombination for that block comes out to 4658 generations, we could
be looking somewhere on the order of around 140,000 years ago (using 30 years/generation--substitute your own multiplier if you prefer)... or at least that's the number of years before a recombination event would be expected to occur in that particular block, on average.
Cute, very cute. Route 66…
Are you serious about Cyrus?
Hmmm, maybe I will let the women vote on the two names. After all, you would not get these mutations without the women.
Well let’s have a little fun with this.
However, keep in mind that this may be the very oldest distinct haploblock ever discovered in the history of mankind for a human or pre-human hominid.
So, I was thinking more along the lines of meaningful African names. Or perhaps the one that is characteristic of humans in Asia is actually a piece of DNA that originated in Asia. Who knows?
Well, anyway, I will start with the female African names. http://www.20000-names.com/female_african_names.htm
ABENI is a Yoruba name that means “we asked for her and we got her”.
Ben might like this one.
ADUOR African Luo name for “born at dawn”
Yeah, she may represent the dawn of civilization
AYIRA is an African Luo name meaning “the chosen one”
BAHATI is an African Swahili word for “good luck”
DAYO is an African Yoruba unisex name that means “joy arrives”
ESHE is an African Swahili name that means “life”
KATLEGO is an African Tswana unisex name meaning “success”
Yes, she certainly did have reproductive success.
NOSIZWE is an African Xhosa name meaning “mother of the nation”, but this name has already been taken by Nelson Mandela’s wife and I think our ancestor might get confused with her.
OLOLARA is a Yoruba name, “born at the right time”
OSUMARE is a Yoruba name for “rainbow”
Founder of a rainbow of colors in her offspring
RAMLA is African Zulu and Egyptian for “prophetess”
SAMANYA is a Bantu unisex name meaning “the unknown one”
SETHUNYA is a Tswana name meaning “bloom or flower”
OK, so, family trees blossom.
UZOMA is an African Igbo name meaning “follow the right road”
Well, she certainly got around and followed the road right out of Africa.
Well enough names for now. Any other suggestions?