The DNA of a baby boy who was buried in Montana 12600 years ago has been completely analyzed and adds merit to the theory that the ancestors of at least some native Americans entered the Americas by crossing a land connection that once existed between Siberia and Alaska. Per the article:
It's the oldest genome ever recovered from the New World. Artifacts found with the body show the boy was part of the Clovis culture, which existed in North America from about 13,000 years ago to about 12,600 years ago….The boy's genome showed his people were direct ancestors of many of today's native peoples in the Americas, researchers said. He was more closely related to those in Central and South America than to those in Canada. The reason for that difference isn't clear, scientists said….The DNA also indicates the boy's ancestors came from Asia, supporting the standard idea of ancient migration to the Americas by way of a land bridge that disappeared long ago….The skeleton was discovered in 1968 next to a rock cliff, but it's only in recent years that scientists have been able to recover and analyze complete genomes from such ancient samples. The DNA analysis was reported online Wednesday in the journal Nature....
These articles just get more & more interesting all the time. I enjoy reading them even if not well educated. Thanks, John!
Back to the main page.......fossil site discovered right in my home province of BC Canada!