Costa Tsirigakis has communicated the 37 markers value of his maternal uncle (and grandfather). What must I say?
1) The fact that the closest to him is a Sicilian confirms my old theory, based upon the papers of Capelli and others, that Maltese are above all from Sicily and Calabria, what made them angry those who believed to a Phoenician ancestry.
2) This haplotype seems with a high variance respect of other R1b1b2/M269: DYS390=26, DYS388=13, DYS454=12, and also DYS464=15,15,17,17 like the AMH, different for instance from my R1b1b2/L23+=14,14,16,17, etc.
3) The presence of the oldest haplotype of R1b1b2 (but also of R1b1*: see the latest paper of Cruciani) in the Mediterranean Islands should us think to the theory of the diffusion via sea from East by the first farmers. You know I have supported another theory (the origin of R1b1* and subclades from Italy). In fact what this theory doesn’t explain is how did this haplogroup to become the 90% of some western European country and not the other more certain Eastern haplogroups like E1b1b and J2.
My Darmanin ancestral line is R1b1b2 (L23 -) and is originally from Zurrieq, Malta and can be traced back to 1500s.
The closest mismatch to date is 31/37 markers from Sicily (different surname) - all other mismatches are a GD of 13 or more.
A partial match can also be found in the Capelli et al study.
Darmanin Y DNA haplotype :
12 26 14 11 11-15 11 13 12 13 13 30 16 9-10 11 12 26 15 19 29 15-15-17-17 12 11 19-23 15 16 15 18 38 38 12 12