DNA From Ancient Child

DNA From Ancient Child

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Researchers have managed to sequence the genome of an ancient child that was descended from one of the original founding humans to have stepped foot in the Americas.

The genome of this ancient Alaskan child provides the first direct genetic evidence that all Native Americans can be traced back to one population that lived in the Beringia region at least 11,500 years ago. The DNA preserved in the remains shows that the infant – along with the ancestors of other Native Americans – was descended from a single founding population of humans who likely populated the Beringia land bridge some 36,000 years ago.

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DNA From Ancient Child

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