Ancient Siberian bones clarify Native American origins

Some New World ancestors came from western Eurasia, not East Asia

SIBERIAN AMERICAN  DNA of a child buried 24,000 years ago near Lake Baikal (shown) in south-central Siberia reveals that an Ice Age population from this region contributed to the genetic makeup of modern Native Americans. The DNA came from a slice of the child’s upper arm bone (inset).

Niobe Thompson; inset: Thomas W. Stafford Jr.

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