Cruciani et al. (2004) found 2 out of 34 Ethiopian Amhara tested, to be M215 positive but M35 negative, and therefore in the paragroup "E-M215*". More recently, Cadenas et al. (2007) found one more E-M215* individual in Yemen, just across the Red Sea from the Amhara, out of 62 people tested there.
With the publication of Karafet et al. (2008)."E1b1b" became the most widely used "phylogenetic" name for this clade, replacing the older E3b, but at the same time the phylogenetic naming is increasingly unpopular.