Why the name Ulrike?Ulrike's mother, Ursula, was introduced by Prof. Sykes in his book "The Seven Daughters of Eve" about late research that reveals our deep genetic ancestry. In this book he gives a first hand account of his research into mitochondrial DNA, which passes from generation to generation through the maternal line, allowing us to track our genetic ancestry through time and space. Prof. Sykes has found that almost all Europeans can trace their ancestry back to one of seven women, whom he named “The Seven Daughters of Eve”. Ursula was one of these women. In this book we learn where our ancient genetic ancestors lived and what their lives were like. “The Seven Daughters of Eve” does not only re-examine how we have evolved, but also gives us a new sense of individuality and identity.
Ulrike is not among the original “Seven Daughters of Eve” but rather a late decendant of Ursula. Infact Ursula lived about 45,000 years ago, or about 27,000 years before Ulrike. Today the subclan of Ulrike, with just under 2% of Europeans among its members, can claim to being included among the numerically important clans.
Ulrike may have lived about 18,000 years ago in the cold refuges of the Ukraine at the northern limits of human habitation. Though Ulrike’s descendants are nowhere common, the clan is found today mainly in the east and north of Europe with particularly high concentrations in Scandinavia and the Baltic states. Read more.
More scientifically speaking, the Ulrike clade is most often referred to as mtDNA haplogroup U4, a subgroup of haplogroup U. For an atlas of early human migrations, visit National Geographic.