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Response to Comment on “Late Pleistocene human skeleton and mtDNA link Paleoamericans and modern Native Americans”

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Science  20 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6224, pp. 835
DOI: 10.1126/science.1261188

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Prüfer and Meyer raise concerns over the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results we reported for the Hoyo Negro individual, citing failure of a portion of these data to conform to their expectations of ancient DNA (aDNA). Because damage patterns in aDNA vary, outright rejection of our findings on this basis is unwarranted, especially in light of our other observations.

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