There is no denying that R1B (R-M269 to be specific) is the haplogroup of the rh negatives. Of course, the Berber’s E-M81 is as well, but R1B appears to be of interest as there are many tribes worldwide who have this genetic marker who look different than their neighboring groups and also have a very high percentage of rh negative blood.
Now be aware, that when seeing an image as the one above, the term Caucasian is misleading as there is no evidence of R1b originating in the Caucasus region.
However the data is correct and as you can see, the genetic marker is on a national level highest in Wales.
On a regional level it is highest in the northwest of Ireland with a whopping 98% and I bet you anything, that in those areas the percentage of rh negatives is higher than the already up there 25% Ireland as a nation houses.
So let’s take a look at the long list of significant percentages of M-269 regions and nations:
As you can see the South Western part of England also has a high percentage and generally speaking, the further you go West in Britain and Ireland, the higher the percentage becomes, as English people are genetically Germans and the only thing separating them from their German roots is the genetic influx from their Irish, Scottish and Welsh R1b neighbors.
Now when you look at Germany however, you will realize that they are far from being a distinct ethnic group, but rather a mix of the nordic haplogroup I as well as numerous genetic influences from the Slavic and Balkan neighbors as well as over 32% of M-269 in the Southern region of Bavaria.
The North of the Alps, at the border of modern Switzerland, Austria and Germany, was the cradle of the Celtic Hallstatt and La Tène cultures. The greatest technological advances of the Bronze age and Iron age in Europe came from that region. Of all the regions of Europe, southern Germany (notably the Baden-Württemberg) is thought to have inherited the most from these Celtic people, genetically. We will start by breaking one of the most erroneous clichés, i.e. the idea that Germany is fundamentally Germanic, or that all German people are ultimately of Scandinavian descent. This is not what DNA tells us. South-western Germany at least is first and foremost region of Celtic heritage. The S28 marker, defining haplogroup R1b1c10, is thought to coincide with La Tène Celtic descent.
(Source: Celtic, Germanic, Slavic or Greco-Roman ?)
However: What I am most interested in is a high distribution of R1b in regions where you don’t expect it as it indicates a strong presence of rh negative blood where usually the percentage is very low:
The Bashkirs as seen above are at 34.4%.
The Bashkirs live in the Ural mountain region in Russia and are said to have ancestry within the Indo-Iranian group.
The Newar people of Nepal are also standing out at 10.6% which is part of why Nepal as a country is 10 times the Asian average when it comes to percentage of rh negatives. They are at 2.9%.
Below is a picture of the Lhasa Newar (trans-Himalayan traders):
The Nepalese merchants conducted trade between Nepal, Tibet and Bengal, India over the Silk Road.
So what do these tribes have in common aside from being high percentage rh negative and having the M-269 marker?
You’ve guessed correctly.
They prefer to live up in the mountains.
Basques in the Pyrenees.
Berbers in the Atlas mountains.
The Bashkirs in the Ural.
The Newar in the Himalayas.
Even the Guanches, though not a distinct tribe are in the Canary Islands which has a very high elevation and some of the Celtics moved to the alps in Bavaria and surrounding places.
Chances are, those tribes figured out a long time ago that the safest way to be protected from potential invaders was to be elevated.
So what about the red spot (indicating frequency of R1b in Africa)?
The highest percentage is found among some of the tribes still living in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco (40%). The next highest are the Basques, reported in different publications as having 25 and 32%, depending on location. The people of northwest Ireland, the Highland Scots and the western islanders of Norway all have between 16 and 25%, while the Lapps of Norway and Finland have between 5 and 7%. In addition, Cavalli-Sforza reports two small isolated populations of the same tribe, one in Chad and another in Senegal, each with about 25%. On his map, he shows an Rh-negative population in Chad, still living near the formerly enormous Chad lake. Only part of this lake still exists on the spot where the boundaries of Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon meet. These people may originally have been the sailors on Chad lake.
More to come …