Found around 30,000 to 40,000 years ago, M96 is the second lineage defined by the prescence of the YAP polymorphism. It is thought to have arisen in the northeast African region but further research is needed to confirm these findings.
The people carrying the M96 gene moved out of Africa to the Middle East. They were grassland hunters and may also have accompanied the M89 peoples of which a majority are all non Africans are associated. it is also possible that they simply followed the same route as the M89 at a later date.