Thursday, February 25, 2010
Y haplogroup R1b1b2 present today in North Africa and the Near East. It is quite likely that it existed in both places for thousands of years prior to the Crusades. Haplogroup R1b1b2 appears to have originated in SW Asia approximately 5,000 to 10,000 years ago, and spread into Europe only afterwards - possibly during the Neolithic transition. R1b1b2 could have reached Egypt at the same time, more or less. It is possible that there was R1b1b2 in Egypt before there were R1b1b2's in England.
Reference: ISOGG member