In a study by Capelli et al. (2005) Y-Dna haplogroups were found at the following frequencies in Malta Island : R1 (35.55% including 32.2% R1b), J (28.90% including 7.80% J1), I (12.20%), E (11.10% including 8.9% E1b1b), F (6.70%), K (4.40%), P (1.10%). J, K, F and E1b1b haplogroups consist of lineages with differential distribution within Middle East, North Africa and Europe while R1 and I are typical in West European populations.
- Sample :
- Brief anthropological analysis :
- Type 1 : Dark complexion (dark hair, blue eyes are possible), brachymorphic, broad face, round features, thick browridges , short broad nose, wide-spaced sloping eyes
Those individuals are rather fascinating : many of them remind us of Sardinian types which might show affinities with some coastal East-Iberian types as well as I'll try to prove later one (I'm thinking of some French Catalan coastal types or Andalusian ones).
- Type 2 : Rather dark complexion (dark hair, rather pale skin though, blue/green eyes, ...), leptomorphic yet rather large face, robust features, long and high-rooted convex nose, close-set eyes, angular and somehow strong chin, large jaws
~ Dinaromorphic Mediterranean
This is a classical pan-Mediterranean type and one very uneasy to precisely describe as belonging to one nation. These individuals might look more specifically Italian on average although phenotypical convergences with Iberia can be found or eventually Greece.
- Final morphotypes :