Table 2

Analysis of human diversity data from 30 dinucleotide repeat microsatellites

PopulationAverage varianceNo. of chromosomesWithin-locus (k) test Interlocus (g) test*Adjusted P value
Positive/totalP valueg ratioP value
N. Central African7.732–3815/30P < 0.510.32P < 0.037P < 0.0007
Zairian9.116–2015/30P < 0.511.80P < 0.23
European9.034–5817/30P < 0.773.88P < 0.11
Amerind8.136–6013/28P < 0.243.08P < 0.40
East Asian10.032–6018/30P < 0.872.92P < 0.20
Sahulland9.022–4019/26P < 0.933.33P < 0.10
Melanesian8.714–2016/23P < 0.722.53P < 0.43
  • The populations are clustered according to the convention established in earlier literature: “North-Central African” includes Lisongo and Central African Republic Pygmies; “European” includes North Europeans and Italians; “Amerind” includes Karitania, Surui, and Mayan; “East Asian” includes Cambodian, Chinese, and Japanese; and “Sahulland” includes Australian and New Guinean (11). 

  • * The g values for the interlocus test are biased high because of variation in the mutation rate. This in turn causes the P values to be biased high, so we only list P values that are significant despite the bias. We also provide a list of adjusted P values that emerge when we drop the exceptionally variable locus D13S122 and correct for variation in the mutation rate.