News & Analysis12th International Congress of Human Genetics

Life on the Fertile Frontier

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Science  04 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6056, pp. 582
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6056.582-a

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Ever since the first humans migrated out of Africa almost 2 million years ago, our ancestors have crisscrossed the globe in search of food, resources, and better lives. Now a remarkable study of the genealogy of 1 million Canadians has found that the first waves of European settlers to push into the wilderness of northeastern Quebec in the 17th and 18th centuries had more children than people who came later or stayed in central towns. The study was presented in a poster at the meeting and is published online in Science this week.