In 2017. Olga Utevska, a geneticist from Ukraine, wrote her dissertation paper in which she stated that the greatest diversity of I2a1a2 DYS448 = 19 (!!) haplotypes was in Ukraine and Belarus.
When I read the paper few days ago, at first I thought that she expressed herself imperfectly because it is a known fact that the greatest I-P37.2 (!!) haplotype diversity is in Ukraine, Belarus and southern Poland, but she was explicit: “the greatest diversity of DYS448 = 19 haplotypes”, which, in other words, means: I-PH908 (the so called “southern”, Dinaric cluster).
She also implied that the carriers of I2a1a2 haplogroup (again, more precisely, I-PH908) came to the Balkans with the Slavs in the V-VI (?!) century CE from the area which is a part of today’s Ukraine. And, this assumption was accepted as correct by many people.
However, it is obvious that Ms Utevska worked with insufficient data and consequently (let’s hope, unintentionally) came up with the wrong conclusions. A simple comparative review of the presence/distribution of oldest I-S17250 DYS 448=19 SNP-s or subclades (formed 1700-1800 ybp) in the Balkan and Ukraine respectively will show the magnitude of her error.
The following list is based on the data from Ukraine DNA project, Srpski DNK projekat /portal Poreklo/, Y-Haplogroup I2a Project - Family Tree DNA, YFull…:
- PH908 formed 1900 ybp, TMRCA 1700 ybp; Balkan (Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria)
- Y51673 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1000 ybp; Balkan
- Y84307 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 700 ybp; Balkan
- A13912 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1600 ybp; Balkan
- Y126296 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1250 ybp; Balkan
- Y151633 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1500 ybp; Balkan
- Y32084 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1700 ybp; Balkan
- PH3310 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1500 ybp; Balkan, Ukraine
- A5913 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1700 ybp; Balkan
- A22312 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1200 ybp; Balkan
- A16863 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1700 ybp; Ukraine (Russia, Finland)
- FT14506 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1550 ybp; Balkan
- Z16983 formed 1700 ybp, TMRCA 1600 ybp; Balkan, Ukraine
- FT16449 Balkan
When it comes to Belarus, the result is even “worse”.