February 12, 2014

Don’t tell Dennis Stanford

Filed under: Pre-Clovis — acagle @ 1:41 pm

Oldest Burial Yields DNA Evidence of First Americans

DNA harvested from the remains of an infant buried 13,000 years ago confirms that the earliest widespread culture in North America was descended from humans who crossed over to the New World from Asia, scientists say.

The research, detailed in this week’s issue of the journal Nature, also suggests that many contemporary Native Americans are direct descendants of the so-called Clovis people, whose distinctive stone tools have been found scattered across North America and Mexico.

This is the key part though:

Comparison studies of the ancient DNA showed that it was similar to the genomes of ancient people living in Siberia and the ancestors of East Asians. The team also discovered a deep genetic affinity between the boy’s genetic material and those of 52 Native American populations living in South America and Canada.

So it appears as if this one person is both related closely to Asians and also to the bulk of aboriginals today, which suggests a relatively small founder population that came over at one time rather than wave after wave of immigrants.

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