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Year in review: Genes, bones tell new Clovis stories

Studies reveal range, legacy of early North Americans

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9:00am, December 15, 2014
crystal quartz spear point

POINTING SOUTH  New finds, including this crystal quartz spear point, indicate that North America’s Clovis people hunted in what’s now northwestern Mexico around 13,390 years ago.

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A long-dead but undeniably colorful cast of characters provided new insights this year into the genetic legacy, geographic range and hunting habits of ancient North America’s Clovis people.

ClovisFest 2014 began with an analysis of DNA from a 1-year-old Clovis baby who died over 12,500 years ago (SN: 3/22/14, p. 6). The child’s DNA indicates that Clovis people, whose culture peaked roughly 13,000 to 12,600 years ago, were ancestors of today’s Native Americans.

An ancient teenager named Naia then surfaced in Mexico with a genetic profile that also points to links between Clovis-era Americans and modern Native

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