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Lies about Rhouda et al. 2006 study and MtDna in Spain
Very often in this forum and elsewhere, a few people try to demonstrate that there si no L mtDna haplogroups in Spain by quoting a study from Rhouda et al. 2006.
"Human mitochondrial DNA as a molecular tool for population studies; the case of North Morocco", Rhouda et al. 2006.
Indeed, it is true that in this study Rhouda reports 686 individuals from Spain and no frequency for L haplogroups. However Rhouda reports that these samples of 686 Spaniards come from another study from Dahmany at al. 2006:
"Mitochondrial lineages distribution in the Spanish population: anticipating association studies", Dahmany at al. 2006
And if we look at this original study, we can read that not only these 686 samples come from only 2 regions (Zaragoza and Madrid) and NOT from whole Spain BUT that the authors grouped ALL non caucasian haplogroups in a "Others" category which represents 2.8% in these 2 regions:
"...haplogroups L (African), M (Asian) and those that we could not ascribe to any of the known Caucasian haplogroups were grouped as others (O)"
So thats why Rhouda et al. 2006 reports no L haplogroups in his study for these 686 Spaniards but an "Others" category ... which in fact contains these L haplogroups...