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    I am a member of three projects, and was discussing one particular issue with the leader of one of those projects. He disagreed with one idea I put forward, saying that it didn't fit in with his dates for the mutations concerned.

    So I asked him what his dates were and how he arrived at them, but he did not reply.

    That was very frustrating.

    Question: How does one date mutations? Where can I read up on this issue?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Originally posted by zohrab View Post
    I am a member of three projects, and was discussing one particular issue with the leader of one of those projects. He disagreed with one idea I put forward, saying that it didn't fit in with his dates for the mutations concerned.

    So I asked him what his dates were and how he arrived at them, but he did not reply.

    That was very frustrating.

    Question: How does one date mutations? Where can I read up on this issue?

    Thank you in advance.
    Well, the start of an answer is that various markers mutate at rates which are generally agreed: http://www.kerchner.com/dnamutationrates.htm

    If you have two sets of Y-DNA which differ on only one marker, you can get an estimate of how long ago the sets were identical at: http://dna-project.clan-donald-usa.org/tmrca.htm

    Regards,
    Jim

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      zohrab,

      It would be helpful if we knew whether or not you are referring to mtDNA or Y-DNA.

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      • #4
        Mutation Dating

        I was referring to Y-DNA dating. The person concerned has recently (after I posted my message in this forum) told me that his method is based on a method introduced by Ken Nordvedt.

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