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Ancient DNA Links Native Americans With Europe

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Science  25 Oct 2013:
Vol. 342, Issue 6157, pp. 409-410
DOI: 10.1126/science.342.6157.409


The genome of a Siberian boy who died 24,000 years ago offers clues to the identity of the people who first settled the Americas. The complete nuclear genome, the oldest sequenced to date from a modern human, shows close ties to those of today's Native Americans. But the boy apparently descended from people who had lived in Europe or western Asia. The finding suggests that about a third of the ancestry of today's Native Americans can be traced to "western Eurasia," with the other two-thirds coming from eastern Asia.

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