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    I have one FMS match and he is a genetic distance of 2. What does this mean exactly? How far back is our MRCA likely to be?

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    Originally posted by sarahmj View Post
    I have one FMS match and he is a genetic distance of 2. What does this mean exactly? How far back is our MRCA likely to be?
    Mesolithic.

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      Originally posted by sarahmj View Post
      I have one FMS match and he is a genetic distance of 2. What does this mean exactly? How far back is our MRCA likely to be?
      It depends on whether are in a young or old branch (or subclade) of the mtDNA tree and where the mismatch occurs. There are cases of very close relatives having a distance of 2, although usually it indicates a more distant relationship. You can join the haplogroup project for your results, and the project volunteer might be able to provide more specific information.

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